The Militant tendency was a Trotskyist group within the British Labour Party. Though formally part of the party, the group had a distinct agenda and sought to use the more widespread support for the Labour Party to further its own ends. Militant succeeded in gaining control of several local Labour authorities, most infamously Merseyside. It did not, however, achieve widespread support, numbering around 5,000 members at its peak in the mid-1980s. Its political range was as limited as its support, focusing upon a few economic and class issues. Initially the Labour party spurned action against Militant members, but the style and tactics of the latter left them increasingly isolated and by 1985 Neil Kinnock attacked Militant openly. The movement was expunged from the party by 1992.

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