Social Democratic Labour Party
|Social Democratic Labour Party|
|Final leader||Frances Clark|
|Final chairman||Kyle van Oosthaven|
|Founded||1 July 1985|
|Dissolved||30 April 2018|
Trades Hall Building|
|House of Assembly|
Politics of New Ingerland|
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 However, in more recent times, this support was eroded as the ideology of social democracy has been replaced by classical liberalism, and splinter parties were able attract a small number of young and disaffected voters.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.
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.
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|
There have been five leaders of the SDLP since the party was established in 1985.
(born 23 October 1936)
|1 July 1985 – 7 November 1992||7 years, 4 months, 6 days|
(19 January 1932 - 2 May 2001)
|7 November 1992 – 16 March 2000||7 years, 4 months, 9 days|
(born 31 July 1948)
|16 March 2000 – 22 December 2008||8 years, 9 months, 6 days|
(born 12 May 1963)
|22 December 2008 – 10 March 2016||7 years, 2 months, 17 days|
(born 14 October 1971)
|10 March 2016 – 30 April 2018||2 years, 1 month, 21 days|