PARTY LEADEREd Miliband
LEADER SINCE25 September 2010
HEADQUARTERS: One Brewers Green
IDEOLOGY: Social Democracy,Democratic Socialism
POSITION: Centre Left
A centre-left political party that's allied historically with the trade union movement. Based upon mixed market Third Way policies since the party rebranded to 'New Labour' in 1994, with democratic socialist MPs and left-wing factions within the party. Source: Wikipedia
Founded over a hundred years ago in 1900, the Labour Party was the result of a need for a new political force that would represent the class of wage-earners in Britain's growing industrial climate. In the late 19th century the Independent Labour Party, a small socialist group formed and entered the political landscape, experiencing limited success at the 1895 general election.
The next decade saw increasing support for the party, winning 42 MPs at the 1910 general election, and 142 seats in 1922, which made it the second largest party in the House of Commons and the official opposition to the Conservative government.
In 1924 Ramsay MacDonald was elected the first ever Labour Prime Minister, despite winning less than a third of the seats available in the House of Commons.
The election of Tony Blair in 1997 saw the party move further to the centre so that it would appeal to 'middle England', and as a result the party branded itself 'New Labour'. The Labour Party won the 1997 general election with their largest ever majority of 179, forming government until the 2010 general election where The Conservatives formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
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