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Democratic Left was a post-communist political organisation active in Great Britainmarker during the 1990s, growing out of the Eurocommunist strand within the Communist Party of Great Britain and its magazine Marxism Today. It was established in 1991 when the CPGB decided to reform itself into a left-leaning political multi-issue grassroots campaign group/think-tank based on the party's Manifesto for New Times (1990, Lawrence and Wishart). The first chairperson of the Democratic Left was Nina Temple, the last General secretary of the CPGB. Some members disagreed with this decision and joined the Communist Party of Britain that had broken away from the CPGB in the 1980s, whilst some Scottishmarker members formed the Communist Party of Scotland.

Democratic Left in England and Wales was dissolved in the late 1990s and reformed as the New Times Network (a change agreed in December 1998) and then subsequently as the New Politics Network (NPN). In Scotland it continues as Democratic Left Scotland.

As DL ceased to contest elections, membership was open to members of Labour and other political parties. It published a monthly magazine, New Times.

DL membership cards were credit-card-sized, not easily tearable, and do not carry start or expiry dates. On the front is the organisation's logo and member's name, and on the back, above a space for the signature, are the words "I broadly support the aims & values of Democratic Left and agree to abide by the constitution and pay the annual subscription fee set by conference".


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