Liberal Party of Gibraltar

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Liberal Party of Gibraltar
Leader Joseph Garcia
Founded 1991 (1991)
Preceded by National Party of Gibraltar
Headquarters 95 Irish Town, Gibraltar
Ideology Liberalism[1][2]
Social liberalism[1]
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre
National affiliation GSLP–Liberal Alliance
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
International affiliation Liberal International
Colours Red and white
UK affiliation Liberal Democrats
Gibraltar Parliament
3 / 17
EU Parliament seats
0 / 6
Website
www.liberal.gi
Coat of Arms of the Government of Gibraltar.svg
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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.[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 election 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 election 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 election the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 14.95% of the popular vote and 2 seats.[10]

In the 2003 election the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 14.61% of the popular vote and 2 seats.[11]

In the 2007 election to the newly named (and re-organized) Gibraltar Parliament, the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 13.65% of the popular vote and 3 seats.[12]

In the 2011 election, the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 14.64% of the popular vote and 3 seats forming the new Government of Gibraltar.[13]

In the 2013 by-election, following the death of Housing Minister Charles Bruzon (GSLP), the Liberal Party backed the GSLP candidate Albert Isola, who has won 49.84% of the popular vote to fill in the vacant seat.[14]

In the 2015 election, the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 20.61% of the popular vote and 3 seats.[15]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Gibraltar[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes^
 % of
overall vote^
# of
overall seats won^
±^
1992 (known as the 'Gibraltar National Party (GNP)') 2,158 4.7
0 / 15
New
1996 (as the 'GNP') 5,932 4.68
0 / 15
Steady
1999 (by-election; in alliance with the 'GSLP')* 4,395 51.47
1 / 1
1 / 15
Increase 1
2000 (in alliance with the 'GSLP') 17,286 14.95
2 / 15
Increase 1
2003 (in alliance with the 'GSLP') 16,538 14.61
2 / 15
Steady
2007 (in alliance with the 'GSLP') 21,120 13.65
3 / 17
Increase 1
2011 (in alliance with the 'GSLP') 25,590 14.64
3 / 17
Steady
2015 (in alliance with the 'GSLP') 30,399 20.61
3 / 17
Steady
^Each of these numbers are only based on how the Liberal Party of Gibraltar performed in each [individual] election.
*The 1999 by-election in Gibraltar was to fill in a seat vacated by then-GSLP MP, Robert Mor, who died that year. Hence, the composition bar on this row would only signify whether or not a member of a particular political party has won the seat. If that particular member had won the seat, then the entire bar would be colored in.

European Parliament[edit]

Contested in 2014 as a joint ticket with the Liberal Democrats.

Party Year Votes (Gib.) Votes (SW Eng)  % (Gib.)  % (SW Eng) Change (SW Eng) Seats Position
Liberal Democrat 2014 4,822 160,376 67.2 10.7 -6.5 Decrease0 1

Affiliations[edit]

The Liberal Party of Gibraltar is a member of the Liberal International[16] and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe,[17] having joined the latter in November 2014.[18] It is also 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.[19][20]

Current LPG MPs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wolfram Nordsieck. "Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe". Parties-and-elections.eu. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  2. ^ Williams, Wendy (2011-10-24). "Gibraltar election fever". Olive Press News Spain. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b Kellermann, Anja. A New New English: language, politics, and identity in Gibraltar. p. 34. 
  4. ^ "Liberal Party of Gibraltar - Our Liberal Values". Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Liberal Party of Gibraltar: Aims and Objectives of the Liberal Party". Liberal.gi. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  6. ^ "Liberal Party of Gibraltar: Aims and Objectives of the Liberal Party". Liberal.gi. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  7. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_16_january_1992.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_16_may_1996.pdf
  9. ^ "Microsoft Word - By-Election Results - 4 February 1999" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  10. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_10_february_2000.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_27_november_2003.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_11_october_2007.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_8_december_2011%20.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/by_election_results_4_july_2013.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_26_november_2015.pdf
  16. ^ Full members of the Liberal International
  17. ^ "ALDE Party members". Aldeparty.eu. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  18. ^ "GSLP-Liberals win general election in Gibraltar". Aldeparty.eu. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  19. ^ "Sister Parties". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "European selection results – complete". Houston Chronicle. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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