Will Barton

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Will Barton is a leading member of the Communist Party of Britain.


I was born in the English Midlands, in 1951 and now live in the Roath district of Cardiff. I have had a number of clerical and manual jobs, before working for twelve years in telecommunications and computing. Before returning to full time education, taking a BSc in Psychology and an MA by research in Communication and then becoming a university senior lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media.
I have been an active trade unionist throughout my life and although now retired from work continue to serve as Communications Officer for my union branch and as a delegate to the UNISON Cymru International Forum and Cardiff Trades Union Council.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.[1]

YCL District Congress

West of England Young Communist League held their historic 1st District Congress since re-foundation, in Bath on Saturday 24 September 2022. Congress welcomed full delegations from newly established Branches in Bristol & Central, Exeter & West and Salisbury & East.

The room was decorated with a Congress banner specially painted for the occasion, and portraits of Comrades Lenin, Stalin and Harry Pollitt were hung from the walls. This made for a fitting backdrop as comrades from across the West of England convened to participate in the democratic life of the YCL.
Comrade Will Barton represented the Communist Party’s Welsh National Committee, giving an overview of the history of the old CPGB, its path to liquidation, relationship with electoral and industrial politics, and its defining subordination to the USSR.[2]

Celebrating International Brigades


A range of speakers contributed to the event at at the Welsh International Brigades Memorial earlier this month (21 July 2021) in Cathays Park Cardiff including Will Barton, secretary of the Cardiff branch of the Communist Party of Britain, Robert Griffiths General Secretary of Communist Party of Britain and Marc Bilbao-Asensio from the Communist Party of Spain.[3]

International Brigades commemoration

In October 2021 Will Barton was the Cardiff contact for the Communist Party of Britain's commemoration of the International Brigades.[4]

CP candidates

In April 2021 the Welsh Communist Party registered 20 candidates to fight the May 6 Snedd elections.