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  Social Democratic Party (UK) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) was a political party of the United Kingdom that existed nationwide between 1981 and 1988.
They left the Labour Party in the belief that it had become too left-wing, and had been infiltrated at constituency level by Trotskyist factions whose views and behaviour were at odds with the parliamentary party and the Labour-voting electorate.
This proved to be unpopular, and the party was re-named the Liberal Democrats in October 1989, as had been originally proposed at the September 1988 conference by the party's Tiverton branch.
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 Social Democratic Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For a broader list of parties considered to follow the principles of social democracy, see List of social democratic parties.
Russian Social Democratic Labour Party with its Bolshevik and Menshevik factions
Social Democratic Party (UK, 1981-88) - The original and most prominent incarnation of the SDP
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 Social Democratic Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Russian Social Democratic Labour Party was a historical Russia n party that later became the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador Social democratic party led by Jack Harris.
Social Democratic Party of Germany An overview of the party's history and policies.
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 The Social Democratic Party (UK) : Social Democratic Party (UK)
It was created in 1981 as a breakaway group from the Labour Party by those who thought the Labour Party had moved too far to the left, making it unelectable and leaving the Conservative Party effectively unchallenged.
Steel and Maclennan headed the new Social and Liberal Democrat Party (SLD) from March 3, 1988 while Owen remained defiant at the head of the newly re-established and much reduced SDP.
Although they beat the other parties to second place behind William Hague in the Richmond by-election in 1989, by 1990 the SDP finished behind the Official Monster Raving Loony Party in the Bootle by-election.
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 Social Democratic Party of Austria - Psychology Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Social Democratic Party of Austria (de:Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs, or SPÖ) is one of the oldest political parties in Austria.
The party was initially close to Marxism and continued to grow especially in Vienna, the industrial areas of Bohemia, Moravia, Styria, Lower- and Upper Austria.
The party initially supported the declaration of war against Serbia after the Assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg in 1914, but soon realised that the disastrous war was untenable.
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 List of political parties known as the Democratic Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Democratic Alliance Party; Democratic Party (Albania); Democratic Party of Albania
Democratic Rally (Dimokratikos Sinagermos); Democratic Party (Cyprus) (Dimokratikon Komma); and the separate Democratic Party (Northern Cyprus) (Demokrat Partisi)
Democratic Party (Indonesia); Indonesian Democratic Party; Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle
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 BBC - h2g2 - Liberal Democrats - UK Political Party
They were originally called the Social and Liberal Democrats, however there was much confusion over this name and it was later shortened first to simply 'The Democrats' and then by a vote of the members in 1989 to the Liberal Democrats.
During the 1970s and '80s, other parties (first the Scottish Nationalists, then the Liberals) rose in popularity but their share in the vote was not to be reflected in seats.
The Liberal Democrats are the most staunchly pro-European of the main political parties in the UK and believe that the UK needs to be involved in the decision making over Europe's future rather than always playing the game of catch-up or wait-and-see that occurred under the Conservatives.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A623602   (2810 words)

 German Social Democratic Party
The German Social Democratic Party (SDP) was established in 1875 with the publication of its Gotha programme.
After the anti-socialist law ceased to operate in 1890, the SDP grew rapidly and in 1912 the party won 110 seats in the Reichstag.
The Nazi Party banned the SDP in June 1933 and most of its leaders were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /GERsdp.htm   (1030 words)

 UK Social Democratic Party, Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Social Democratic Party appeared too late to qualify as one of the original parties in Janda's 1950-1962 ICPP study.
In 1981 several former Labour ministers formed the Social Democrats to constitute a "responsible" Left (or center).
Consult the index to variables for annual scores of the party's issue orientation, organizational complexity, centralization of power, and coherence from 1950 through 1990.
www.janda.org /ICPP/ICPP1990/01-UK/Party014/Party014-hj.htm   (131 words)

 German Unions & Social Democrats, printer friendly
Now the Social Democratic Party (and Schroeder) is cutting the ties between unions and government.
What’s happening to us is similar to what’s happened between unions and Democrats in the U.S. A lot of my colleagues, a lot of organizers, are realizing that the old type of social democratic politics doesn’t work anymore.
Social democratic parties are going “mainstream.” They are doing more or less the same things right-wing governments do—the same business agenda.
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 Politics UK - Realise your Dreams
in the UK It is descended from the Tory Party
The Liberal Democrats ("Lib Dems") are a social liberal political party based in the
The party was formed in 1988 by the merger of the Liberal Party and the short lived Social Democratic Party.
www.politicsuk.net /parties.html   (123 words)

 Canada Election 2004 Voter Guide: Political Parties - New Democratic Party (NDP)
Until a few days into the election, the party also had an "Issues" page that set's out the party's (much more frankly-worded) stance on issues ranging from taxation to gays and lesbians (some text remains, but the page is incomplete or in the process of being removed as of May 25, 2004).
The New Democratic Party holds firm to the belief that the dignity and freedom of the individual is a basic right that must be maintained and extended; and
The New Democratic Party is proud to be associated with the democratic socialist parties of the world and to share the struggle for peace, international co-operation and the abolition of poverty."
www.mondopolitico.com /elections/canada2004/parties/ndp.htm   (521 words)

 BBC News | TALKING POLITICS | SDP: Breaking the mould
The party had lost the 1979 general election and was taking a sharp turn to the left under leader Michael Foot.
Lord Owen, who stood down as an MP in the 1992 election, believes that the reformed Labour Party is one of the lasting legacies of the SDP.
Some critics have suggested that all the party achieved was a split in the left's vote throughout the 1980s allowing the Tories to remain in power.
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 Encyclopedia article on Social Democratic Party of Germany [EncycloZine]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD – Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) is the second oldest political party of Germany still in existence and also one of the oldest and largest in the world, celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2003.
The leader of the Prussian government in Berlin, socialist Otto Braun was ousted by military coup on July 20, 1932 and the party was banned by the Nazis in 1933.
In the Russian sector which later became East Germany, the Social Democratic Party and the Communist Party of Germany were forced to merge to form the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED).
encyclozine.com /Social_Democratic_Party_of_Germany   (674 words)

 Social Democratic Party
British centrist political party 1981–90, formed by members of Parliament who resigned from the Labour Party.
The 1983 and 1987 general elections were fought in alliance with the Liberal Party as the Liberal/SDP Alliance.
A merger of the two parties was voted for by the SDP in 1987, and the new party became the Social and Liberal Democrats, which became the Liberal Democrats, leaving a rump SDP that folded in 1990.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0007186.html   (239 words)

 Central Europe Review - Jan Culik: A Fistful of Impressions
After it became impossible to create a coalition government with smaller Czech parties, especially due to the irrational intransigence of one of them, Klaus and Zeman concluded an agreement on the basis of which the Social Democratic party is able to govern with a tacit agreement of the Civic Democratic deputies in Parliament.
The Civic Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party are against calling an early election, the smaller parties outside government - the People's Party, the Freedom Union and the Communists - would probably support an early election, or so they say.
The Social Democrats warned that in a situation when electoral support for the Communists is growing, an early election would be very dangerous.
www.ce-review.org /99/24/culik24.html   (1411 words)

 A time to choose: Social or Centrist Democrat? - Yowling from the Fencepost   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
There is an old joke that a Democratic party firing line tends to form a circle.
The Lefties and the Centrists are duking it out over control of the party's direction, with the Lefties complaining that the other side is selling out to the Republicans and the Centrists accusing the Left of being soft on terror.
If the Democratic Leadership Council (the Centrists) win control of guiding the party's direction, however, it will be even harder to convince other potential supporters that the party has not aligned itself with the Right and, quite frankly, I am not sure I would continue to support them.
www.mirocat.com /2005/01/time-to-choose-social-or-centrist.html   (508 words)

 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Country Profiles
Political parties were legalised and Africans formed a majority on the legislative council.
A new opposition party was banned in 1969 and Kenya remained a de facto one-party state for the remainder of Kenyatta’s rule.
The UK bilateral aid programme is set to rise from around £30 million in 2003/04 to £50 million in 2005/6, subject to the Government's progress in implementing the ERS.
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 Mark Oaten - Psychology Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Oaten served as the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary (the party's main Home Affairs spokesman), before resigning that position on 21 January, 2006 after a sex scandal involving male prostitutes was uncovered by the News of the World tabloid newspaper.
Within the party Oaten has been called a moderniser, in the sense that he is keen to emphasise economic liberalism and to prevent the Liberal Democrats being sidelined as a 'party of the left'.
On January 21 2006, Oaten resigned from the Liberal Democrat front bench when it was revealed by the News of the World that he had had a relationship with a 23-year-old male prostitute between summer 2004 and February 2005.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Mark_Oaten   (970 words)

 Telegraph | News | Schröder urges party to support tough reforms
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder implored sceptics in his Social Democratic Party yesterday to rally behind his efforts to modernise the ailing economy.
Many in his centre-Left party are angry at reforms they see as undermining its 140-year history of protecting the weak.
He told the party congress in the western industrial town of Bochum that Germany risked a "fatal error" if it kept on raising contributions to pay for a welfare state hit by a lack of economic growth and an ageing population.
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Following his Social Democratic Party's heavy defeat in local elections in May 2005, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder orchestrated a negative vote of confidence in parliament on 1 July to pave the way for a new parliamentary election, insisting he needed a fresh mandate in order to continue his reforms to revive the German economy.
The outgoing government, the Red-Green coalition, was composed of Chancellor's Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's Green Party, which had respectively won 251 and 55 seats in the 2002 election.
In case a party wins more seats in the constituencies on the first vote than it is entitled to according to the results of the second vote calculation, the party can keep the additional seats, called "overhang seats" (Überhangmandate).
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 BBC News | UK POLITICS | SDP 'thought of New Labour first'
The Social Democratic Party considered calling itself New Labour when it was founded in the early 1980s, Lord Owen has revealed.
And, praising Prime Minister Tony Blair, the former SDP leader said his breakaway party had advocated nearly all the policies the government was now pursuing.
The party felt it wanted a wide appeal and using the word 'Labour' might deter some people who might consider joining them, such as Liberals and disillusioned Conservatives.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/900903.stm   (542 words)

 Social Democratic Party (UK)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It was created in 1981 by a centrist breakaway group from the Labour Party who opposed the sharp leftward shift in Labour policy following the election of Michael Foot, and the involvment of trade unions in choosing the leader of the Labour party.
They argued that a new political force was needed to challenge the Conservative Party, and the leader of that party should be elected by its entire membership, rather than the electoral college now in use in the Labour party.
In 1987, with the SDP now under the leadership of David Owen, the Alliance's share of the vote fell slightly.
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 Social Democratic Party Policies in Contemporary Europe - More Information
The end of the twentieth century saw an unprecedented coincidence of electoral success for social democratic parties in western Europe leading to intensive discussion on the future of this new European left.
They show how the maxims of demand management and egalitarianism have been replaced by social investment and equality of opportunity and demonstrate the full extent of convergence on policies such as employment maximization, the containment of social expenditure and a shift towards a social investment welfare state.
The book includes case studies on the social democratic parties of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK as well as on the Party of European Socialists.
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 LaborNet: Online Communications for a Democratic Labor Movement
Second, in Germany, after ten years of paying into unemployment insurance, which is part of the social security system, you get up to 32 months of jobless payments.
W: In continental Europe, and the UK, this is part of a larger phenomenon.
Social democratic parties are going "mainstream," that is, they are doing more or less the same things right wing governments do.
www.labornet.org /viewpoints/dbacon/germun.htm   (2093 words)

 Social Democratic Labour Party
The party was banned in Russia so most of its leaders were forced to live in exile.
At the Second Congress of the Social Democratic Labour Party in London in 1903, there was a dispute between Vladimir Lenin and Julius Martov, two of SDLP's leaders.
The Marxists (Social Democrats) propagated their economic doctrine, which demanded alienation from the bourgeois and petty bourgeois student body and called for the marshaling of all efforts to achieve the victory of the industrial proletariat.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /RUSsdp.htm   (955 words)

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