Communist Party of Britain

The Communist Party has attacked a last-minute decision by the Electoral Commission to ban its descriptions as the “Communist Party”, the “Welsh Communist Party” and the “Scottish Communist Party” on ballot papers for the May 6 elections. All three names have long been registered with the Electoral Commission which has now decided to ban them with immediate effect. In previous elections to the Welsh Senedd, the party has described itself as the “Welsh Communist Party” on ballot papers and in campaign materials and party election broadcasts. Scottish Communists have been planning to describe themselves as the “Scottish Communist Party”. “There appears to be no good reason to take this drastic step”, Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths declares, “and the Electoral Commission must know that forcing us to describe ourselves as the ‘Communist Party of Britain’ in Scotland and Wales is a vote-loser”. He pointed out that the commission’s decision…

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