Liberal Party of Gibraltar

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Liberal Party of Gibraltar
Leader Joseph Garcia
Founded 1991 (1991)
Headquarters 95 Irish Town, Gibraltar
Ideology Liberalism[1][2]
Social liberalism[1]
Gibraltarian self-determination[3]
NATO Negotiation[3]
Political position Centre
National affiliation alliance with Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party
International affiliation Liberal International
Colours Red and white
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The Liberal Party of Gibraltar (Libs) is a liberal[1] political party in Gibraltar. It was founded in 1991[4] as the Gibraltar National Party[4] and is led by Dr. Joseph Garcia.


In line with most liberal parties, the party describe their political philosophy as being based on notions of people deciding their own future, and are committed to Gibraltarian self-determination regarding constitutional arrangements.[3]

The party believes in "freedom, responsibility, tolerance, social justice and equality of opportunity: these are the central values of liberalism, and they remain the principles on which an open society must be built. These principles require a careful balance of strong civil societies, democratic government, free markets, and international cooperation".[5]

The party makes its stance on economic policy very clear, stating that "open societies need open markets. A liberal, open and tolerant society requires a market economy. Political freedom and economic freedom belong together".[6]


In the 1992 elections to the Gibraltar House of Assembly, the party (as the GNP) won 4.7%% of the popular vote and no seats.[7]

In the 1996 elections the GNP won 4.68% of the popular vote and no seats.[8]

In the 1999 by-election, following the death of GSLP Opposition MP Robert Mor, Liberal Party leader Dr. Joseph Garcia won 51.46% of the popular vote and the seat. He was the first joint GSLP/Liberal candidate to contest an election.[9]

In the 2000 elections the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 40.6% of the popular vote and 2 seats.[10]

In the 2003 elections the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 39.7% of the popular vote and 2 seats.[11]

In the 2007 elections to the Gibraltar Parliament, the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 45.49% of the popular vote and 3 seats.[12]

In the 2011 elections the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 48.88% of the popular vote and 3 seats forming the new Government of Gibraltar.[13]


The Liberal Party of Gibraltar is a member of the Liberal International.[14] and is a 'Sister Party' of the United Kingdom Liberal Democrats and contests the South-West England constituency at European Parliamentary elections on a joint ticket with them taking place six on the party list.[15][16]

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