This is the fifth edition of the programme of the Communist Party of Great Britain, The British Road to Socialism. Previous editions were published in 1951, 1952, 1958 and 1968.
This edition was prepared as the result of a discussion on a draft published in February 1977, which culminated in the 35th National Congress of the party in November 1977. Over 2,600 amendments were submitted by Branches and District Committees. The Congress took decisions on the main issues of principle, and instructed the new Executive Committee to prepare the draft for publication in the light of those decisions and the views expressed on the amendments. The essential points of 780 of the amendments have been incorporated.