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The Referendum on EU membership earlier this year was a landmark moment in British politics. Against the backdrop of a largely Europhile establishment and even with the crushing weight of British press bearing down on the side of Remain, a powerful cross party campaign led the majority to vote for taking back control. While drivers varied for each Brexit voter, all of these reasons stemmed back to the unacceptable loss of UK sovereignty, sold out from underneath us through a series of EU treaties.

Accountability is a fundamental tenet of democracy.  Brexit was a victory for democracy and accountability over lobbyists and bureaucracy.

The Social Democratic Party has a very positive vision of Brexit and, for that vision to be realised, we must ensure that the powers returned to our elected representatives are used to benefit society as a whole, rather than merely elements of it. For example, the Social Democratic Party with politics neither to the left nor to the right, would oppose any attempt from British government to sell off sovereignty and workers’ rights in a TTIP style bilateral trade agreement. In many senses the SDP is Wallonia. Our party strives to deliver meaningful and just change for Brits across the socio-economic spectrum.

The SDP seeks a very different style of politics, fit for a new era where tokenism, spin, fantasy politics and career politicians are swept aside. Likeminded individuals across the UK are joining our grassroots movement in a pivotal moment in British politics. They will help to shape the party moving forward.

As a nation, we must never allow elected representatives to forget who they work for. The SDP is committed to cross party campaigning to achieve democracy, accountability and transparency in all political affairs. Join our growing movement and attend the planned action days we have across the UK. SDP is very definitely on the up!

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TATA STEEL: Following the news that TATA Steel are putting up for sale their entire British operations including the giant steel plant at Port Talbot Cllr. Anthony Taylor has been playing an integral role within his community and further afield. Cllr. Taylor a former worker at the Port Talbot works and a long standing SDP Cllr for Aberavon has..…more >>  

:: 01.04.16 ::

:: 08.04.16 ::

Brexit: The Social Democratic Party is by its principles committed to Britain leaving the European Union.  I would strongly urge everyone who can, to vote in the Referendum on 23 June 2016.

   The  ‘Vote Leave’  Campaign sets out some good points and facts to consider before voting in the referendum on 23 June.  

TATA STEEL Buyout Discussions: Cllr.Tony Taylor today welcomed the encouraging noises coming from various sources inside TATA Steel regarding the future of the Steel Industry in Britain.

    Over the last week the British and Welsh Goverments have shown a commitment to helping interested parties invest in the long term future of the industry in Britain. The announcement..…more >>

:: 27.04.16 ::

#010416porttalbot

Call for stricter E.U. steel sanctions: Cllr. Tony Taylor, SDP member on Neath Port Talbot County Council and a former Steelworker today called on the European Union to immediately impose stricter sanction on the importation of cheap Chinese steel. In particular..…more >>

:: 19.05.16 ::

#buyoutdiscussions News/Politics

Vote to Leave EU: The people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union giving us the opportunity to grow and thrive in the world.  

This was despite the main political parties which do not seem now, to have been representing the views of the people.

The UK still has many looming crises (eg. housing, nhs.) developed over recent decades which the Government must start fixing immediately and not confuse as a consequence of the Brexit..more>>



:: 24.06.16 ::

:: 02.07.16 ::

UK’s latent racism emerges again: Blaming the foreigner or immigrant for economic problems of the day by far-right followers is an undesirable norm of UK politics.  Racist thugs and bullies exist in society but seem to get even more vile at times of political and economic uncertainty or crises.  The blame card played by political leaders lacking in talent, seems to ensure this.

The UK’s current looming economic crises (job security/shortage, housing shortage, nhs failures) is caused by decades of our Governments’ mis-management of industry and economy, not by immigrants or overseas workers……more >>  

The UK needs and must take care of all immigrants in our society.  The police and the courts must work to catch and punish those guilty of all racist hate crimes, now and always.  Resources must be better provided or prioritised to ensure that this happens.



#crisesandbrexit

Who can be democratically trusted to negotiate the UK’s Brexit Terms: The announcement of the referendum on Brexit should have signalled that this issue was outside of party politics.

Unfortunately, our main political parties seemed to have gotten too used to ‘whipping’ their politicians into obedience.  Possibly deciding what was best for themselves and trying to apply their usual… “We tell them how to vote and they do what we tell them”, approach to the electorate instead of permitting a non-party affiliation referendum.  The main parties merely revealed how unrepresentative of the people they claim to represent, they have become.

Unsurprisingly, instead of behaving like party puppets the British electorate showed themselves to be very astute free-thinking independent democrats.

How amazing was it to observe afterwards, how quickly many party politicians switched their position with repeated insistent calls for us to put their past views behind, and look forward to the future.

How few were main politicians representing the majority outcome view, during the campaign.  The difficulty now is that all the main party politicians, having tried to exert party influence on the electorate, lost considerable credibility.  Given the referendum outcome, which main party can claim to represent the public and be trusted to negotiate the best terms for exit - none?

Sure they can all change leaders but who’s interests exactly, will they be representing (big business? The financial heart of the city of London?).  

 

:: 17.07.16 ::

#crisesandbrexit

SDP Autumn Conference and AGM: The sun was shining in Birmingham on the weekend of our Party Conference which once again stimulated policy discussion from membership and also saw several new appointments to the Committee.  Party Chair Sarah Devenney outlined a statement of intent to focus on several new key initiatives and capitalise on membership growth which will bring increased momentum to upcoming bi-elections. In stark contrast to another conference simultaneously unfolding in Liverpool, the new party officials unanimously.....

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:: 24.09.16 ::

News/Politics Our Principles Join Us


The EU is a force ‘for social injustice’

  it favours ‘haves over have-nots’


     Iain Duncan Smith  ::10.05.16::


Peter Johnson Party Leader.

Sarah Devenney  Party Chair.

A New Era of Politics


Extract, Scottish Sunday Herald: