Unity Labour Party

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Unity Labour Party
LeaderRalph Gonsalves
Founded16 October 1994
IdeologySocial democracy[1]
Democratic socialism
Agrarian socialism
Republicanism[2][circular reference]
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing
Regional affiliationCOPPPAL[3]
Seats in the House of Assembly
8 / 15

The Unity Labour Party (ULP) is a social democratic and democratic socialist political party in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Currently the governing party, it is led by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.[4]


The party was formed in 1994 from the merger of the Saint Vincent Labour Party and the Movement for National Unity.[4] The parties had run as an alliance in the elections earlier that year, promising voters that they would merge after the election regardless of the result.[4] In the 1998 elections they received 54.6% of the vote, but the New Democratic Party won a majority of seats. However, in the 2001 general election the ULP won its first parliamentary majority, winning twelve of the fifteen seats.[5] The party won another majority in the 2005 general election.[6] With a fall in popular support, the party was narrowly re-elected in the 2010 general election, winning 8 out of 15 elected seats in the House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the same taking place in the 2015 general elections.

Electoral history[edit]

House of Assembly elections[edit]

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
1998 Ralph Gonsalves 28,025 54.6%
7 / 15
Increase 4 Steady 2nd Opposition
2001 32,925 56.5%
12 / 15
Increase 5 Increase 1st Government
2005 31,848 55.26%
12 / 15
Steady Steady 1st Government
2010 32,099 51.11%
8 / 15
Decrease 4 Steady 1st Government
2015 34,246 52.28%
8 / 15
Steady Steady 1st Government


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