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NGOCommon Wealth party

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Background Information

Formed through the 1942 merger of the 1941 Committee and the Forward March movement, Common Wealth was a small but high-profile socialist political party. Initially chaired by JB Priestley, and then, more prominently, by Sir Richard Acland, the party achieved several striking by-election successes during conditions of war-time electoral truce between the main parties, but failed to capitalise on these at the 1945 general election. Acland resigned in 1945, later re-entering Parliament as a Labour MP, but the party continued a level of activity until the early 1990s. Source:

Year Created1942
Year Ended1993
Other Names / Antecedent Bodies

1941 Committee; Forward March movement

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KeywordsPolitics and political ideologies.
Last Edited ByJRM at 22/12/2007 21:55:05