Who are the Socialists & Democrats (S&D)?

The Socialists & Democrats (S&D) are the main centre-left grouping in the European Parliament, of which the UK Labour Party is a member. Following the 2019 European Parliament elections, the S&D is the second-largest grouping in the Parliament, with 153 seats (out of 751). The S&D has not been the largest grouping since 1994, although it has consistently come second behind the European People’s Party (EPP), with whom it has repeatedly formed a majority as a so-called ‘Grand Coalition’. However, in 2019 the Grand Coalition lost their majority for the first time, with the S&D’s share of seats falling to 20%, from 34% in 1994.

View all facts
x

Subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter

Get a round-up of The UK in a Changing Europe’s latest analysis pieces, videos, explainers, podcasts, reports, events, infographics and more, written by the organisation’s director Anand Menon. PS his mum says it’s "quite good".




Sign up to our newsletter





View our latest newsletter