15 Facts About the Labour Party


The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom.

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It has been described as a broad church, bringing together an alliance of social democratic, democratic socialist and trade unionist outlooks.

A trade union or trades union, also called a labour union or labor union, is an organization of workers who have come together to achieve common goals such as protecting the integrity of its trade, improving safety standards, achieving higher pay and benefits such as health care and retirement, increasing the number of employees an employer assigns to complete the work, and better working conditions.

Social democracy is a political, social and economic ideology that supports economic and social interventions to promote social justice within the framework of a capitalist economy, as well as a policy regime involving a commitment to representative democracy, measures for income redistribution and regulation of the economy in the general interest and welfare state provisions.

Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production; as well as the political ideologies, theories, and movements that aim at their establishment.

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The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.

Social justice is the fair and just relation between the individual and society.


Labour is a full member of the Party of European Socialists and Progressive Alliance, and holds observer status in the Socialist International.

The Progressive Alliance is a political international of social-democratic and progressive political parties and organisations founded on 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

The Socialist International is a worldwide association of political parties, most of which seek to establish democratic socialism.


As of 2017, the party is considered the "largest party in Western Europe" in terms of party membership, with more than half-a-million members.

Western Europe is the region comprising the western part of Europe.


The Labour Party was founded in 1900, having grown out of the trade union movement and socialist parties of the nineteenth century.

The labour movement or labor movement consists of two main wings, the trade union movement or labor union movement, also called trade unionism or labor unionism on the one hand, and the political labour movement on the other.


It overtook the Liberal Party to become the main opposition to the Conservative Party in the early 1920s, forming minority governments under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and from 1929 to 1931.

James Ramsay MacDonald was a British statesman who was the first Labour Party politician to become Prime Minister, leading minority Labour governments in 1924 and in 1929–31.


Labour later served in the wartime coalition from 1940 to 1945, after which it formed a majority government under Clement Attlee until 1951.

Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, was a British statesman of the Labour Party who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955.


Labour was next in government from 1964 to 1970 under Harold Wilson, and from 1974 to 1979, first under Wilson and then under James Callaghan.

Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff,, often known as Jim Callaghan, served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980.


The Labour Party was most recently in government from 1997 to 2010 under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, during the "New Labour" era, first elected with a landslide majority of 179, reduced to 66 in the 2005 election.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, PC is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007.

New Labour refers to a period in the history of the British Labour Party from the mid-1990s until 2010 under the leadership of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.


Since leaving government the party has been led by Ed Miliband from 2010 and Jeremy Corbyn from 2015.


Labour is currently the Official Opposition in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, having won the second-largest number of seats in the 2017 general election.

The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the UK Parliament or British Parliament, is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom, British Crown dependencies and British overseas territories.


The Labour Party is currently the largest party in the Welsh Assembly, forming the main party in the current Welsh government.


The party is also the third largest in the Scottish Parliament and sends the second most MEPs from the United Kingdom to the European Parliament, sitting in the Socialists and Democrats Group.

The Scottish Parliament, is the devolved national, unicameral legislature of Scotland.


Whilst the party organises in Northern Ireland, it does not contest elections there, instead supporting the Social Democratic and Labour Party.

Northern Ireland is a top-level constituent unit of the United Kingdom in the northeast of Ireland.

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