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Robert Griffiths

Robert Griffiths has been the leader of the Communist Party of Britain since 1998.

CPB Political Committee

At the January 2022 Communist Party of Britain executive committee meeting Andy Bain, Mollie Brown, Ben Chacko (Alternate member), Tony Conway, Lorraine Douglas, Alex Gordon, Robert Griffiths, Johnnie Hunter, Kevan Nelson (Alternate member), Carol Stavris, Ruth Styles were appointed to the CPB Political Committee.[1]

CPB Organisation Committee

At the January 2022 Communist Party of Britain executive committee meeting Andy Chaffer, Lorraine Douglas, Robert Griffiths, Jonathan Havard, Phil Katz David Morgan, Ruth Styles, Liz Payne, David Pettifor, Ruth Styles, Johnnie Hunter, Nick Wright were appointed to the CPB Political Committee.[2]

CPB Executive Committee

At the Communist Party of Britain’s 56th congress on November 6-7 2021 the following executive committee was elected Nisar Ahmed, Sonya Andermahr, Andy Bain, Mollie Brown, Andrea Burford, Sean Cannon, Ben Chacko, Andy Chaffer, Tony Conway, Mary Davis, Lorraine Douglas, Alex Gordon, Bill Greenshields, Moz Greenshields, Robert Griffiths, Jonathan Havard, Richard Hebbert, Johnnie Hunter, Bernadette Keaveney, Tam Kirby, Hugh Kirkbride, Gawain Little, Sarah McDonough, David Morgan, Tommy Morrison, Kevan Nelson, Evan Pritchard, Carol Stavris, Ruth Styles, Robin Talbot, Jade Welburn.[3]

2014 CPB Executive Committee

Andy Bain, Ben Chacko, Andy Chaffer, Tony Conway, John Foster, Pauline Fraser, Alex Gordon, Moz Greenshields, Bill Greenshields, Robert Griffiths, Tim Gulliver, Anita Halpin, Zoe Hennessy, Steve Johnson, Bernadette Keaveney, Thomas Kirby, Eleanor Lakew, Martin Levy, Peter Middleman, Tommy Morrison, Mark O'Neill, Liz Payne, Ben Stevenson, Graham Stevenson, Joanne Stevenson, Ruth Styles, Anita Wright, Nick Wright.[4]

2021 elections

The full results in Wales are now in with 2,837 voting for the Communist Party of Britain across Wales. A fantastic result given that the most recent election campaign held in Wales was back in 2016. It’s certain that Communists in Wales can only build from this result. As Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price brings Plaid Cymru to the right and Labour continues with infighting and failing to oppose the Tories, the case for the Communist Party in Wales has never been stronger. Welsh Communists are standing in all five of the regional Senedd with Trevor Jones in North Wales, Claudia Cannon in Mid & West Wales, Laura Picand in South Wales West, Robert Griffiths in South Wales East and Anita Wright in South Wales Central.[5]

A Peoples Brexit


Larry Elliott The Guardian, Grace Blakely, Graham Stringer MP, Costas Lapavitsas Syriza, Mick Cash, Robert Griffiths CPB, John Rees, Paula Barker.

Centenary conference

Communist Party of Britain centenary conference August 1, 2020

EU imperialism and austerity

Celebrating CPC


With Liz Payne, Wang Yingchin, Robert Griffiths, Dr Jenny Clegg, Kenny Coyle, Iain Inglis.

Symposium on founding of CCP

On 22 June 2021, The Chinese Embassy in the UK held a Symposium on the Centenary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China. H.E. Ambassador Zheng Zeguang delivered a keynote speech entitled Celebrate A Glorious Century and Create A More Splendid Future. General Secretary Robert Griffiths of the Communist Party of Britain, General Secretary Andy Brooks of the New Communist Party of Britain, Vice Chair Joti Brar of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Senior Fellow John Ross at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute of King's College London, spoke on the occasion. Over 30 participants, including Lord Sassoon, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Liam Byrne MP, Lisa Cameron MP and other political party representatives, experts and scholars, joined the activity.[6]

China talks

In a high-level meeting at the beginning of June 2021 , leading Communists from China and Britain spent more than two hours discussing Marxism past, present and future.

The online talks took place at the invitation of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and its Vice-Minister Guo Yezhou. The Communist Party of Britain was represented by General Secretary Robert Griffiths, Chair Liz Payne, International Secretary John Foster and Political Committee member Ben Chacko.

The focus of discussion was on the prime importance of Marxism for the development of the political practice of both parties.

Vice-Minister Guo stressed the commitment of the CPC to the development of Marxist theory and practice in the concrete circumstances of China over the past century. He outlined the broad popular alliances formed by the CPC, under the leadership of Mao Zedong, in order to defeat both Japanese fascism and the internal forces of reaction and imperialist control.

The creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 was the outcome of these mass popular struggles combining the strength of workers, peasants and sections of the anti-imperialist bourgeoisie. Mao creatively integrated Marxism with the realities of Chinese society, Vice-Minister Guo explained.

Vice Minister Guo also stressed that it was during the 11th Central Committee of the CPC in 1978 that Comrade Deng Xiaoping initiated the ‘reform and opening up’ strategy of market socialism to transform economic development.

These new guidelines ultimately ensured that China’s industrialisation was completed, absolute poverty eliminated and a moderately prosperous socialist society created.

In the new century, President Xi Jinping has sought to renew Marxism for a new era so that, by 2050, China becomes a prosperous, developed modern socialist society. Vice Minister Guo stressed the CPC’s commitment to Marxism, to the achievement of socialism and ultimately to the development of a communist society.[7]

"Marxism in China"

New Communist Party of Britain leader Andy Brooks took part in a seminar with other communists, academics and labour movement leaders at the Chinese embassy in London last week, held to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai in 1921.


Around the theme of Marxism in China, the participants discussed the historic links between the British and Chinese people and the role of the Communist Party of China in liberating the country and leading the people’s republic into the 21st century.

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming opened the seminar with a keynote speech in which he said “Marxism became the choice of the Chinese people following a painstaking journey of exploration and perseverance since the second half of the 19th century,” in an opening that swept across the struggle of the Chinese communist movement over the decades to achieve liberation and practice and develop Marxism following the establishment of the people’s government in 1949.

“In 1921 the CPC started with 50 members,” he said. “Today, 90 years after its birth the CPC has become the world's largest ruling party with over 80 million members. Over the same period, China has been utterly transformed. In 1921 China was a poor, weak and underdeveloped country. Today, 90 years on, China is the second largest global economy. The Chinese people, once on the verge of crisis, are well on the path toward a great rejuvenation.”

Ambassador Liu was followed by openings from a panel that included historian and Labour MP Tristram Hunt, John Callow from the Marx Memorial Library, Graham Stevenson, who is president of the European Transport Workers’ Federation, Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths and Keith Bennett from the 48 Group Club, established in the early 1950s by progressive British businessmen to promote trade with the People’s Republic.[8]

Russian connection

Robert Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, was invited to speak at the (COVID-19 delayed!) International Scientific and Practical Conference in honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, hosted by the Leningrad Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, last Saturday (17 October 2020).[9]

Communist internationalism

Communist Party of Britain attendance was organised for the International Meetings of Communist and Workers Parties in Ecuador in 2014 (Nick Wright), Turkey in 2015 (Liz Payne and John Foster) and Vietnam in 2016 (Robert Griffiths). The Party was represented at the following international events: PSUC Congress, Catalonia 2015 (Leo Impett), AKEL Congress, Cyprus 2015 (Ben Stevenson), DKP rally at Rosa Luxemburg Conference, Germany 2016 (addressed by Robert Griffiths) PCF Congress, France 2016 (Robert Griffiths), Avante! Festivals, Portugal (Steve Johnson and Nigel Green 2015 and 2016, and Robert Griffiths in 2016 who addressed a meeting on Brexit), Portuguese Communist Party Conference on EU, Portugal 2016 (addressed by Liz Payne), Unsere Zeit, Germany 2016 (Ben Stevenson and Keith Barlow) and l'Humanite 2015 (Ben Chacko and Ben Stevenson).[10]


With Robert Griffiths as Chair, Alex Gordon as Convenor and Jonathan Havard as Treasurer, Lexit worked closely with Scottish Left Leave, the RMT, ASLEF, the Bakers’ Union and leading people in the Labour Leave campaign to produce a range of materials, set up a website and organise or support a large number of public meetings. Locally, many Party organisations and members participated enthusiastically in the Lexit campaign. As well as the Lexit officers, comrades Liz Payne, Graham Stevenson and Bill Greenshields participated in numerous public, trade union and media debates in a Lexit or Communist Party capacity. The future role of Lexit is now under consideration by the Party and its allies.[11]

Leave – Fight – Transform

Founding signatories on the Founding Statement of the Communist Party of Britain led Leave – Fight – Transform: The LeFT Campaign included Robert Griffiths (General Secretary Communist Party of Britain).

National Remembrance Conference

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April 13, 2019:

Speakers: Joginder Bains, Pervez Fateh, Sonian Kullar, Tariq Ali, Virendra Sharma MP, Prof. Mary Davis, Robert Griffiths, Suresh Grover, Balwinder Rana, Ranjit Brar, Mohinder Farma, Steve Bell, Louise Regan, Alex Gordon.

Communist candidates

In 2015 Communist Party of Britain candidates were Mollie Stevenson in Newcastle upon Tyne East, Steve Andrew in Sheffield Central, Laura-Jane Rossington in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Andy Chaffer in Birmingham Hodge Hill, Gerry Sables in North Devon, Zoe Hennessy in Glasgow North West, Ben Stevenson in Croydon North and Robert Griffiths in Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney.[12]

No2EU candidates


No2EU candidates in Wales in 2014 were:

No2EU candidates in Wales in 2009 were Robert Griffiths, Rob Williams, Laura Picand, Trevor Jones.

Party manual


Authors of the 2013 Communist Party of Britain manual were Richard Bagley, Martin Graham, Robert Griffiths, David Grove, Chris Guiton, Phil Katz, James Rodie, Ben Stevenson and Lynne Walsh.

Red Alert


In 2012 Red Alert editorial team was Robert Griffiths (editor), Fran Rawlings, Angharad Khan-Raja, Steve Williams, Lynda Williams, Rick Newnham.

Communist University of Wales 2012

The Communist University of Wales 2012 was held in Pontypridd over the weekend 7-9 December with a full programme of lectures, debates and revolutionary entertainment.

Sunday 9th Clwb y Bont, 85a Taff Street

2012 communist candidates


Fran Rawlings, Robert Griffiths, Rick Newnham, Steve Williams.

International Brigade Memorial

International Brigade Memorial Trust Annual Commemoration in Cardiff 13th – 15th October 2017.

Saturday 14th October 11.00 – Commemoration at the Wales Memorial, Cathays Park (behind City Hall)


2011 CPB Candidates

Communist Party of Britain 2011 South Wales Central Welsh Assembly candidates were Robert Griffiths, Gwen Griffiths, Fran Rawlings, Clive Griffiths.

Robert Griffiths was General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain and chair of all-party anti-racist organisation Searchlight Cymru.[14]

Communist University of the North 2011



Midlands Communist University

May 27 2007:


CPB executive committee


In 2008 the Communist Party of Britain executive committee consisted of Carol Turner, Ivan Beavis, Geoff Bottoms, Mary Davis, John Foster, Pauline Fraser, Bill Greenshields, Robert Griffiths, Anita Halpin, Kevin Halpin, John Haylett, Joel Heyes, Steve Johnson, Carolyn Jones, Martin Levy, Gawain Little, Alan MacKinnon, Emily Mann, Tommy Morrison, Andrew Murray, Rick Newnham, Ben Stevenson, Graham Stevenson, Carol Turner and Anita Wright.[15]

2007 Welsh National Assembly Communist candidates

Rick Newnham, Elaine Blake, Graham Morgan, Clive Eliassen, Glyn Davies, Trevor Jones, Mike Green, Robert Griffiths, Gwen Griffiths, Fran Rawlings, Clive Griffiths, Roy Evans, Angharad Halpin, Dan Cole, Dave Rawlings.

2005 candidates

In 2005 the Communist Party of Britain fielded 6 candidates: Robert Griffiths (Pontypridd), Glyn Davies (Alyn and Deeside), Martin Levy (Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend), Monty Goldman (Hackney South and Shoreditch), Geoff Bottoms (Crosby), Elinor McKenzie (Glasgow Central).

2003 Welsh National Assembly Communist candidates

Robert Griffiths, Fran Rawlings, Dominic MacAskill, Gwen Griffiths.

CPB factions

Circa 2000, the 'leadership faction' around general secretary Robert Griffiths and Morning Star editor John Haylett is uneasily aligned to the Diamat faction of Nick Wright, Anita Wright and Morning Star journalist Andrew Murray (Diamat was a publication which broke away from the pro-Stalin Straight Left faction. The Diamat faction poses left against the Griffiths-Haylett faction. However, as a matter of principle it is opposed to standing candidates in elections. As comrade Murray hints in his regular 'Eyes left' column in the Star, these comrades feel obliged to automatically support the Labour Party. Against these two 'in' factions is ranged the 'out' faction around the former apparatchiks Mike Hicks (ousted CPB general secretary), his partner Mary Rosser (former Morning Star chief executive) and their veteran ideologue Ron Bellamy (former CPB executive member).

In 1998 the hidden rivalry burst out into the open. Mary Rosser - still in control at the Morning Star - sacked the newly appointed editor John Haylett. Backed by Griffiths, the majority of journalists struck in retaliation and comrade Haylett was eventually reinstated. Not surprisingly the Griffith-Haylett faction moved to swiftly remove from all positions of influence those who had sided with Rosser and co.[16]