New Communist Party of the Netherlands

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New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Nieuwe Communistische Partij Nederland
Founded 1992
Merger of Former Communist Party of the Netherlands and League of Communists in the Netherlands members.
Youth wing Communist Youth Movement
Ideology Communism,
Marxism-Leninism
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation International Conference of Communist and Workers' Parties,
International Communist Seminar
Official colours Red
Website
http://www.ncpn.nl/

The New Communist Party of the Netherlands (NCPN) (Nieuwe Communistische Partij Nederland) is a Dutch communist political party, founded in 1992 by the League of Communists in the Netherlands (VCN) and former members of the Communist Party of the Netherlands (CPN).

The NCPN publishes a newspaper titled Manifest (Manifesto) which appears once every four weeks, with news from inside and outside the nation, as well as important theoretical contributions. Manifest was founded as an independent communist newspaper in 1982. After the founding of the VCN, a predecessor to the NCPN, it became its official organ.

The NCPN is a nationwide party. It has local representation in several municipalities and branches all over the country.

History

In 1982 a group of members inside the Communist Party of the Netherlands founded the newspaper Manifest, out of discontent with the CPN leadership. In 1984 this group founded the League of Communists in the Netherlands (VCN). After the formal dissolution of the CPN in 1992 the VCN, together with groups of former members of the CPN, founded the NCPN. The CPN dissolved in order to make place for a new political party, GreenLeft, an alliance in which the CPN has participated since the 1980s.

In 1999 the local branch of the NCPN in the municipality of Scheemda split from the party and continued as the United Communist Party (VCP). The VCP is not active beyond the municipality of Scheemda, which in 2009 merged into the municipality of Oldambt.

Elections

National elections

year votes percentage seats
1994 11.630 0,13 0
1998 5.620 0,07 0
2003 4.860 0,05 0

Local elections

Gemeenteraad 1998 2002 2006 2010
Amsterdam 0,4 % 0,30 % 0,17 % na
Amersfoort 1,4 % na 0,41 % 0,22%
Lemsterland 12,7 % 15,1 % 16,3 % (3 seats) 15.8 % (2 seats)
Heiloo 1,2 % 4,6 % 9,2 % (1 seat) 7,1 % (1 seat)
Oldambt na na 3,4 % (2 seats, before merger) 2,3 %
Enschede 0,5 % 0,9 % 0,5 % 0,5 %
Groningen 0,6 % 1,0 % 0,6 % na
Bergen op Zoom na na na 1,9 % (on unity list de Vonk)

International

The NCPN has participated in the annual Brussels Seminar and the annual International Conference of Communist and Workers' Parties. The NCPN also often cooperates with the Workers Party of Belgium, the German Communist Party and the Communist Party of Luxembourg

Youth

A youth organization, Communist Youth Movement (CJB), was founded on September 21, 2003. Members of the CJB are not automatically members of the NCPN, as the CJB is an independent organisation.

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