Gibraltar Labour Party

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Gibraltar Labour Party
Leader Daniel Feetham
Founded 2003
Dissolved 2005
Split from Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party
Merged into Gibraltar Social Democrats
Ideology Progressivism,
Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
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The Gibraltar Labour Party was a political party in Gibraltar. They described themselves as a progressive socialist organisation and stated that their formation was prompted by the need for a strong opposition to the government. They were founded and led by Daniel Feetham, who left the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party.

Ex-leader of the Gibraltar Labour Party, Daniel Feetham

They opposed dialogue with Spain and wanted to change the Constitution of Gibraltar, and support the right of Gibraltarians to decide their own constitutional arrangements under the principle of self-determination. They were also in favour of further integration with the United Kingdom.

They had proposed policies for the improvement of the quality and availability of housing in Gibraltar. They proposed that no individual should serve as Chief Minister for more than two terms, and called for a more transparent form of funding of political parties.

Elections[edit]

In the 2003 General Election to the Gibraltar House of Assembly, the party won 9,445 votes (or 8.0% of the popular vote) and no seats. This is the largest number of votes (in terms of both percentage and actual number of votes) for a Gibraltarian political party that has not won a seat in the Legislature throughout its electoral history.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Gibraltar[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
±
2003 9,445 8.0
0 / 15
New

Merger[edit]

In 2005, the Labour Party merged with the governing Gibraltar Social Democrats, retaining the GSD name and leadership.[1] This move was deeply unpopular with many, especially within the GSD, and caused many high-profile members to leave, including GSD Deputy Leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Keith Azopardi and executive member Nick Cruz, who both went on to form the Progressive Democratic Party in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://thegibraltarchronicle.blogspot.com/search?q=Labour+Party