Progressive Democratic Party (Gibraltar)
|Progressive Democratic Party|
|Founded||7 June 2006|
|Dissolved||31 August 2013|
|Headquarters||Irish Town, Gibraltar|
|Ideology||Liberal conservatism, Economic liberalism|
|Colours||Red, White, Blue|
|Politics of Gibraltar
The party was the third political party and the only party to sit on the centre-right in Gibraltar. Despite poor election results, it garnered growing support from the public and was seen as the 'alternative opposition'. The PDP was the only party campaigning for "a Gibraltar freely associated to the United Kingdom" and envisaged "a journey through the recognition of our right to independence". The party was also the only political party in Gibraltar that have openly committed to implementing a means testing system in government housing
The PDP described itself as "the only real choice for an alternative, authentic, centrist government which has vision, is progressive and is in tune with the aspirations of Gibraltarians for stable and moderate liberal politics."
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The party was co-founded by Gibraltarian lawyers Keith Azopardi and Nick Cruz among other members in June 2006. The PDP has been described as a splinter group of the Gibraltar Social Democrats. This is because Azopardi and Cruz were both leading figures in the GSD who resigned due to disillusionment with the GSD party following a merger with the Gibraltar Labour Party.
The Party decided to support the constitution despite reservations "because it represented a massive leap forward from the 1969 constitution and because it put us in a much better position to then take the next steps."
On 22 July, the executive committee met and decided, by overwhelming majority, to call it a day. A press release issued on 30 July 2013 confirmed that the party would be "wound up" with effect as from 31 August 2013. An EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) will be held to pass the resolution and party funds will be donated to charity.
The Progressive Democratic Party declared that it was founded on several basic pillars;
- A fundamental belief and respect for democracy, social justice and equality;
- Adherence to the inalienable and unqualified right to self-determination of the people of Gibraltar;
- The promotion of liberty, social and economic responsibility;
- The enhancement of individual and collective freedoms;
- A belief in fair, open and continually accountable government;
- The desire to foster sustainable development, public participation and the enhancement of the quality of life of the people of Gibraltar
- https://dl.dropbox.com/u/98308799/pdp%2Bmanifesto.pdf (Page 19)
- "PDP Leader's National Day Statement".
- Marilou Guerrero, Leo Olivero. "A 'Yes' vote not in Gibraltar's best interest, say Marilou Guerrero and Leo Olivero". Panorama (Gibraltar). Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
- "The Constitutional Future of Gibraltar". The Progressive Democratic Party. www.gibraltarnewsonline.com. 2008-06-24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
- "Personal statement by Keith Azopardi's stepping down as Leader".
- Progressive Democratic Party (official website)
- Gibraltar News Online Article - Azopardi launches new party