Social Democratic Labour Party

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Social Democratic Labour Party
Final leader Frances Clark
Final chairman Kyle van Oosthaven
Founded 1 July 1985
Dissolved 30 April 2018
Preceded by
Headquarters Trades Hall Building
Grindal St
Kingsbury, CENT
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
Colours      Red
House of Assembly
4 / 128
Senate
1 / 68
Politics of New Ingerland
Political parties
Elections

The Social Democratic Labour Party or SDLP was a moderately left wing social democratic political party. The SDLP was formed in 1985 with the merger of the Social Democratic and Labour parties. It was dissolved when it merged with New Labour Party and the Progressive Party on 1 May 2018.

The party was the pre-eminent party of the political left for much of it's existence, and was popular with immigrant New Ingerish that arrived during and after the Great War. However, in more recent times, this support was eroded as the ideology of social democracy has been replaced by classical liberalism, and splinter parties were able attract a small number of young and disaffected voters. The reconciliation of these splinter movements was a major driving in the hitherto successful reunification of left in 2018.

History

Policy

The SDLP was committed to the reasonable redistribution of wealth and ensuring that no one is left behind as the nation grows and becomes more prosperous. The party therefore tended to oppose the privatisation of government services and believed in a somewhat interventionist approach to the economy.

The party was socially moderate, and supported initiatives like universal civil unions, euthanasia and drug liberalisation. The party tried to pursue a policy of friendship with other nations, but it has supported military action in the past. The SDLP nevertheless believed firmly in multilateral diplomacy and membership in international organisations such as the Assembly of Nations, the Ingerish Commonwealth, and the Moonshine Economic Community.

Electoral performance

This chart shows the electoral performance of the Social Democratic Labour Party in general elections between 1985 and 2018.

Election Number of votes Share of votes Seats Outcome of election
2000
2004
2008
14 / 128
National majority
2012
12 / 128
Democratic majority
2016
4 / 128
Democratic majority

Party leaders

There have been five leaders of the SDLP since the party was established in 1985.

# Name In office Duration
1 Alex Fendalton
(born 23 October 1936)
1 July 1985 – 7 November 1992 7 years, 4 months, 6 days
2 Harry Edwards
(19 January 1932 - 2 May 2001)
7 November 1992 – 16 March 2000 7 years, 4 months, 9 days
3 Peter Lloyd
(born 31 July 1948)
16 March 2000 – 22 December 2008 8 years, 9 months, 6 days
4 Scott Rogers
(born 12 May 1963)
22 December 2008 – 10 March 2016 7 years, 2 months, 17 days
5 Frances Clark
(born 14 October 1971)
10 March 2016 – 30 April 2018 2 years, 1 month, 21 days

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