Liberal Party of Gibraltar

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Liberal Party of Gibraltar
Leader Joseph Garcia
Founded 1991 (1991)
Headquarters 95 Irish Town, Gibraltar
Ideology Social liberalism[1]
Liberalism[2]
Republicanism
Pro-Europeanism
NATO Negotiation
Political position Centre
National affiliation alliance with Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party
International affiliation Liberal International
Colours Red and white
Parliament
3 / 17
Website
www.liberal.gi
Politics of Gibraltar
Political parties
Elections
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The Liberal Party of Gibraltar (Libs) is a liberal[1] political party in Gibraltar. It was founded in 1991[3] as the Gibraltar National Party[3] and is led by Dr. Joseph Garcia.

Policy[edit]

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. The party seeks city-state and dominion status for Gibraltar.[4]

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]

Elections[edit]

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]

Affiliations[edit]

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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