Definition of the Militant Tendency from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Militant Tendency

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an extreme left-wing group within the Labour Party in Britain, formed in the 1960s with policies based on Trotskyism. It began to gain influence in some constituencies and trade unions in the early 1980s, when it also controlled the city council in Liverpool. The group did a lot of damage to the reputation of the Labour Party, and in the mid 1980s the Labour leader Neil Kinnock forced its members to leave the party. Since then it has had little influence and no longer exists under the same name.