The party was formed in Liverpool by a number of former Liverpool Dockers who had been active in the strike of 1995-1997. Other leftist groups such as the Revolutionary Democratic Group, WIRFI and International Socialist League became involved and the party experienced ideological and organisational conflicts - as the Socialist Labour Party had before it - between those seeking a more left wing version of the Labour Party and those aiming to found a multi-tendency revolutionary party.
TUSP stood in local elections between 2006 and 2008, retaining no deposits. From 2010 its role was taken to some extent by the similarly-acronymed TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) which emerged from the Socialist Party's Campaign for a New Workers' Party with which TUSP had been involved. Their website contains no new content since 2009 and the organisation appears to be moribund; however as recently as 2014 TUSC stated that a member of the United Socialist Party had stood for election as part of the coalition.
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