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SDP 2024 Manifesto Launch

The SDP will launch its 2024 General Election Manifesto on Tuesday 11th June 2024 at Belle Isle Working Men’s Club, Belle Isle Road, Leeds LS10 3PE at 7pm. The Manifesto, entitled ‘Homecoming’, will set out the SDP’s vision for Britain Read more

SDP beats Labour in Leeds

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has today consolidated its hold in Leeds by winning a third seat in the Middleton Park division. SDP candidate Rob Chesterfield gained a stunning result, obtaining 1,882 votes and defeating sitting Labour Councillor Sharon Burke. Read more

Farms, Fields & Food

Today the Social Democratic Party publishes ‘Farms, Fields & Food’ – its new Green Paper on agriculture and the countryside. Farms, Fields & Food tackles the crisis in agriculture, the rural environment and Britain’s food system – a system which Read more

NATIONALISE PORT TALBOT STEELWORKS

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) calls for steel production at Port Talbot to be brought into public ownership – as a strategic necessity. The announcement by its owners Tata Steel of the closure of both blast furnaces at the Port Read more

SDP Wales Statement on GB News Ban

The Social Democratic Party wholeheartedly condemns the decision to suspend GB News from the Senedd. The channel has played a pivotal role in providing an alternative voice – including our own – to the Welsh public. We’re one of the Read more

REMEMBRANCE DAY PROTESTS

Freedom of speech and the right to protest are cornerstones of our democracy – part of the cherished rights of British citizens. However, the right to protest can itself be exploited. It should not entail the right to occupy important Read more

SDP WINS AGAIN IN LEEDS

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has secured a further dramatic victory over Labour in Leeds by winning a second seat on the City Council in Middleton Park.  SDP candidate Emma Pogson-Golden won the seat convincingly just one year after Wayne Read more

Reform UK and SDP Agree General Election Pact

Reform UK and The Social Democratic Party (SDP) have today confirmed details of how they intend to co-operate in a significant number of constituencies at the next General Election. The reciprocal agreement will see each party stand aside for the Read more

CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR JOINS THE SDP

In the week of its 2022 Annual Conference the Social Democratic Party (SDP) is pleased to announce that Councillor Richard Bright, who sits on Derbyshire District Council, has joined the party.  Councillor Bright is an experienced local campaigner and a Read more

SDP Proposes Household and Business Energy Cap

UK households and business are facing an unprecedented energy price crisis, partly because our two-party duopoly has failed to build the energy system resilience a modern economy needs.   We need immediate action to prevent households and business from collapsing under Read more

SDP condemns invasion of Ukraine

23rd February 2022 – The Social Democratic Party condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a total breach of Ukrainian territorial sovereignty. The peaceful coexistence of independent nation-states is a fundamental social democratic goal and respect for national frontiers is indispensable to this Read more

SDP calls for measured response to Omicron variant

27th November, 2021 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) calls for a measured and proportionate response to the new “Omicron” variant of the SARS‑CoV‑2 virus identified in South Africa and Botswana. We call for the government to enact strict travel bans against Read more

SDP opposes calls for new pandemic restrictions

22nd October, 2021 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) opposes calls by the British Medical Association (BMA) for the government to introduce its ‘Plan B’ pandemic measures which include mandatory face coverings, vaccine passports and increased home working. Such measures would Read more

SDP opposes 10,000 new temporary visas

27th September, 2021 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) condemns the government’s creation of 10,000 temporary visas for HGV drivers and poultry workers. Instead, our party calls on the government to support the creation of emergency domestic training schemes to Read more

Social Democratic Party opposes moves to vaccinate children

14th September, 2021 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) today announces its opposition to the government’s plans to proceed with a vaccination programme for healthy children aged 12 to 15. Earlier this month the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation Read more

David Bettney announced as SDP candidate for Hartlepool

29th March, 2021 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) today announces that David Bettney will be the party’s candidate for the Hartlepool by-election. David is a former soldier who served in the Army for 22 years, which included operational tours Read more

Social Democrats welcome EU Trade Agreement

30th December, 2020 – The SDP broadly welcomes the agreement reached between the European Union and the UK Government, and acknowledges it as a vital step in the restoration of national sovereignty. SDP leader William Clouston says: “The conclusion of Read more

Social Democrats oppose new COVID-19 restrictions

11th September, 2020 – The SDP today announces its opposition to the government’s new COVID-19 restrictions. We call on the government to instead adopt a sustainable public response to the pandemic, befitting the long-term challenges it poses. The newly-unveiled restrictions Read more

Social Democrats oppose single unitary authority in Surrey

9th September, 2020 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) today announces its opposition to Conservative-controlled Surrey County Council’s proposal create a “single unitary authority” across Surrey, which will eliminate the county’s 11 Borough and District councils. If created, a single Read more

Social Democrats Largest Field of Candidates since 1987

14th November, 2019 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) is delighted to announce that it is standing 20 candidates in the 2019 General Election. It’s the SDP’s largest field of candidates since 1987 and reflects the party’s strong resurgence in Read more

Social Democrats Support The Deal

17th October, 2019 – The Social Democratic Party (SDP) welcomes the new Withdrawal Agreement reached between the UK Government and the European Union and urges MPs to support it. We were implacably opposed to Theresa May’s appalling “worst deal in Read more

SDP LEADER WILLIAM CLOUSTON IS INTERVIEWED ON TRIGGERNOMETRY

TRIGGERnometry is a free speech YouTube show and podcast. They believe in open, fact-based discussion of important and controversial issues. Comedians Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster create fun-but-serious conversations with their guests, including former Presidential advisors and political experts, leading Read more

BREXIT STATEMENT BY PATRICK O’FLYNN MEP

SDP Brexit spokesman Patrick O’Flynn MEP said: “Theresa May and the Tories have broken promise after promise to the British people. But her decision to cancel Brexit for the second time shows she has no intention of ever enacting the Read more

SDP STATEMENT ON BREXIT DEBACLE

Following Theresa May’s failure to guarantee leaving the EU even on her delayed date of April 12, SDP Brexit spokesman Patrick O’Flynn said: “It is now quite clear that the Westminster establishment parties are out to thwart Brexit altogether. Effectively Read more

IS THE SDP THE PARTY FOR THE POLITICALLY HOMELESS?

This article by Giles Fraser was recently published on the UNHERD website. A party for the politically homeless The SDP’s new pro-community, pro-Brexit manifesto is for the ‘Somewheres’ Giles Fraser It feels like I have just met a ghost. “This Read more

SDP 2.0 DISCUSSED ON POLITICAL PODCAST UNHERD SHORTS

In this recent UNHERD SHORTS podcast, Giles Fraser joins Charlotte Pickles and Peter Franklin to discuss the UK’s broken political system, and whether SDP 2.0 might be the party for the politically homeless. You can listen to the podcast here

MEP PATRICK O’FLYNN ANNOUNCED AS PPC FOR PETERBOROUGH

PETERBOROUGH-based Member of the European Parliament Patrick O’Flynn has been selected as the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary candidate for the city in advance of a hotly-anticipated by-election. East of England MEP Mr O’Flynn pledged to give thousands of Brexit voters Read more

PATRICK O’FLYNN MEP JOINS THE SDP

Patrick O’Flynn, MEP for the East of England, has joined the Social Democratic Party. Commenting on his reasons for leaving UKIP Patrick stated: “Like many on the communitarian wing of the party, I have decided to join the resurgent SDP, Read more

SDP – NEW DECLARATION

The Common Good in The National Interest The SDP reshaped politics in the 1980s and almost ‘broke the mould’. The resurgent SDP now offers millions of disenchanted voters a new centre-ground choice. The party, which has quietly been signing up Read more

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