Unity Labour Party

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Unity Labour Party
Leader Ralph Gonsalves
Founded 16 October 1994
Ideology Social democracy[1]
Democratic socialism
Agrarian socialism
Political position Centre-left to Left-wing
International affiliation COPPPAL[2]
Seats
8 / 15
Website
voteulp.com

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.[3]

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The party was formed in 1994 from the merger of the Saint Vincent Labour Party and the Movement for National Unity.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4] The party won another majority in the 2005 general election.[5] 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.

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