Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Our First Prospective Candidate For Parliament. (1929)

Party News from the May 1929 issue of the Socialist Standard

At a meeting of the Battersea Branch, Comrade Barker, of the Tooting Branch, was adopted as prospective candidate of the Socialist Party of Great Britain for Battersea.

It now remains for those who desire to see our candidate go to the polls to give practical effect to their wishes by swelling the Parliamentary Fund to the required dimensions.

As we pointed out originally, our candidates will go to the polls if we are provided with sufficient funds to carry the business through.


Imposs1904 said...

Alas, dear reader, we were skint, so there was no SPGB candidate at the 1929 election. It wasn't until 1945 that the SPGB were able to put up a candidate at a General Election (Clifford Groves in Paddington).

I'm not actually sure which Battersea constituency they were hoping to contest. If it was Battersea North, they would have been up against the CPGB MP, Shapurji Saklatvala. (He lost his seat to Labour at the 1929 General Election.)

Imposs1904 said...

Turns out the SPGB would have stood against Saklatvala:

Correspondence: Should we contest elections? (1931)