Social Democratic Party

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Social Democratic Party

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Description area

Dates of existence

1981-1988

History

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) was a centrist political party in the United Kingdom.

The SDP was founded on 26 March 1981 by four senior Labour Party moderates, dubbed the 'Gang of Four': Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams, who issued the Limehouse Declaration. Owen and Rodgers were sitting Labour Members of Parliament (MPs); Jenkins had left Parliament in 1977 to serve as President of the European Commission, while Williams had lost her seat in the 1979 general election. The four left the Labour Party as a result of the January 1981 Wembley conference which committed the party to unilateral nuclear disarmament and withdrawal from the European Economic Community. They also believed that Labour had become too left-wing, and had been infiltrated at constituency party level by Trotskyist factions whose views and behaviour they considered to be at odds with the Parliamentary Labour Party and Labour voters.

Places

United Kingdom

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Internal structures/genealogy

General context

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Control area

Authority record identifier

C0015

Institution identifier

GB 1847

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Julia Wylie, October 2016

Language(s)

  • English

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Sources

Wikipedia. 2016. Inland Revenue Staff Federation . [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Democratic_Party_(UK) [Accessed 1 November 2016].

Original material found in file AAM-09-03-02

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