Britain's Road to Socialism

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Britain's Road to Socialism
File:Britain's Road to Socialism cover (2011).png
The cover of the 8th edition.
Author Communist Party of Britain
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Politics
Publication date
31 October 2011
Pages 36
ISBN 978-1908315052

Britain's Road to Socialism is the programme of the Communist Party of Britain, and is adhered to by the Young Communist League and the editors of the Morning Star newspaper.

It proposes that socialism can be achieved in Britain by the working class leading the other classes in a popular democratic anti-monopoly alliance[1] against monopoly capital, and implementing a left-wing programme of socialist construction. Part of this strategy involves winning the labour movement with a left-wing position, through struggle in the existing democratic bodies of the working class, such as Trades Unions, Trades Union Councils and tenant's associations.

It is the latest incarnation of a document first published in February 1951 as The British Road to Socialism and was the programme of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), the precursor to the Communist Party of Britain. Under its original name, it underwent revisions in 1952, 1958, 1968, 1977 and 1989, with a further revision published in 2011, after the name change.

The first edition of the document received the personal approval of Joseph Stalin prior to publication.[2] It superseded the CPGB's previous programme, For Soviet Britain.[3]

When the CPGB's leadership abandoned Britain's Road to Socialism in 1985, elements in the party that remained loyal to the programme, including the then editorial board of The Morning Star, split to form the Communist Party of Britain in 1988.


  1. Little, Gawain. "Britain's Road to Socialism: Part 6 - The final piece". Morning Star. London. Retrieved 16 March 2013. Ultimately it will be for the working class and the popular antimonopoly alliance it has constructed to lead in both building and defending socialism in Britain.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Singh, Vijay (September 2007). "The British Road to Socialism of 1951: A Programme of People's Democracy". Revolutionary Democracy. New Delhi. XIII (2). Retrieved 25 April 2013. the contribution of Stalin in the writing of the British Road to Socialism was the object of controversy<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. For Soviet Britain. Communist Party of Great Britain. 2 February 1935. Retrieved 16 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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