Latvian Socialist Party
Published 23rd August, 2011
The Latvian Socialist Party or LSP was formed in 1994 as a successor to the Equal Rights Party which in turn had been founded to represent the interests of the non Latvian population, especially ethnic Russians. It also has its roots in the Communist Party of Latvia.
In the 1995 elections the party won five seats. In 1998 the LSP decided to stand in an alliance with the National Harmony Party (TSP) and under their banner the alliance won 16 of the 100 seats in the 7th Saeima.
In 2002 the LSP decided to stand as part of the ‘For Human Rights in United Latvia’ (Par cilvēka tiesībām vienotā Latvijā, or PCTVL) alliance which won 25 of the 100 seats in parliament.
By 2006 the LSP were part of the Harmony Centre alliance which won 17 seats. They remained part of the alliance in 2010 which won 29 seats in the 100 seat Saeima.
The party describes its ideology as communism, Marxism-Leninism and supporting the Russian minority. It is a member party of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left.