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    Default History of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)

    The SDP was formed in 1981.

    Founder members were David Owen, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and Bill Rogers.

    After its launch in 1981 the SDP won some spectacular by-elections.

    For the 1983 and 1987 general elections an electoral alliance was agreed between the SDP and the Liberal Party.

    The SDP merged with the Liberal in 1988, to form the Liberal Democrats, but a small number of SDP members were determined to carry on as the SDP.

    Since 1988 the SDP has carried on but only in a very small way.

    In 2011 the SDP currently have 7 councilors across the country.

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    After the Social Democratic Party was formed in 1981, there was an electoral alliance with the Liberal Party, and it was called the SDP Liberal Alliance.

    This immediately led to some stunning electoral victories. For example Shirley Williams won a by-election at Crosby in 1981 for the SDP.

    Then Roy Jenkins won the Glasgow Hillhead by-election in 1982 for the SDP.

    During the same period the Liberal Party also did very well, and won two surprise by-election victories including Simon Hughes in Bermondsy.

    Public opinion polls at this time put the SDP Liberal Alliance at 51%.

    But the SDP Liberal Alliance could not maintain that level of support when it came to the 1983 General Election, and got 25% of the vote.

    The SDP Liberal Alliance merged in 1988 to form the Liberal Democrats. But not all SDP members were happy with the merger of the two parties, and a small number of members voted to carry on as a separate party.

    A reduced SDP has continued on as a separate party right up to the present time, and put up two parliamentary candidates in the 2010 General Election.
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    The current policies of the SDP are vaguely similar to the policies of UKIP.

    But the main difference is that the SDP is left of centre.

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    The word socialism is not the same as communism. Many things are run better by the state. Privatisation of the railways, water, gas and electricity have all been very unpopular with the people that have to use these services. Rail Track has been partly nationalised again because of the many train crashes caused by privatisation and the push for profits.

    Capitalism and free markets run most things quite well. But the motor industry an the ship building industry are examples of how two of Britain's greatest industries have been destroyed by the ravages of free market economics.

    Britain now runs a trade deficit of 1 billion pounds a week. The free market economists have no answer as to how to rebalance the British economy and start making things again.

    In future some government intervention will be required to protect British industry and jobs.

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    The SDP is a political party commited to the well being of all members of society.

    It is not financed by trade unions or by big businesses.

    Its policies are therefore decided on their merits.

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    What are your views on Immigration, the EU, Islam in the UK, British involvement in wars on foreign land ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyno1066 View Post
    What are your views on Immigration, the EU, Islam in the UK, British involvement in wars on foreign land ?
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    Immigration should be limited and strictly controlled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyno1066 View Post
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    Britain should withdraw from the European Union

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyno1066 View Post
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    In a free democratic country like Britain freedom of worship is the basic right to all citizens. But this is a Christian country and therefore we should promote Christian values as a society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyno1066 View Post
    What are your views on Immigration, the EU, Islam in the UK, British involvement in wars on foreign land ?

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    Involvement in foreign wars would have to be decided on an individual case by case basis.

    Iraq for example has been a complete disaster so there it is easy to say we should never have invaded Iraq, which was also probably an illegal war anyway.

    But should we be helping to save Libyan civilians from being slaughtered by an evil dictator, that is much harder to answer, and yes we should try to stop genocide of innocent people where we can.
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