The Respect Party
The Respect Party was set up in January 2004. It was formed because of the need for a left-wing alternative to the three established parties – New Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats.None of those parties represent the interests of ordinary working-class people or those who want a fairer, more equal and just society.
In the 2005 general election Respect got impressive results despite the ‘first past the post’ electoral system, which makes things difficult for a new party. We were able to win results in a clutch of inner-city working class constituencies which no other left party had achieved for a very long time.
Democracy & Representation
Respect is a radical political alternative to the rightward march of New Labour and the other establishment parties. Although it grew out of the mass opposition to the war on Iraq, it is more than an anti-war party.