Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Fraternal Message to the
Communist Unity Convention

The Founding of the Communist Party
of Great Britain, 1920

Source: Communist Unity Convention: Official Report
Date: September, 1920
Publisher: Communist Party of Great Britain
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Having received the letter of the Joint Provisional Committee of the Communist Party of Britain, dated June 20th, I hasten to reply in accordance with their request that I am in complete sympathy with their plans for the immediate organisation of a Communist Party in England. I consider the policy of comrade Sylvia Pankhurst and of the Workers’ Socialist Federation in refusing to collaborate in the amalgamation of the British Socialist Party, Socialist Labour Party and others into one Communist Party to be wrong. I personally am in favour of participation in Parliament and of adhesion to the Labour Party on condition of free and independent Communist activity. This policy I am going to defend at the Second Congress of the Third International on July 15th, at Moscow. I consider it most desirable that a Communist Party be speedily organised on the basis of the decisions and principles of the Third International, and that that party be brought into close touch with the Industrial Workers of the World and the Shop Steward Committees in order to being about their complete union.

Moscow, July 8th.


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