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Labour Party
Labour
Leader Rt Hon Saracen's Fez MP
Deputy Leader Rt Hon Obiejess MP
Chair Rt Hon TheDefiniteArticle MP
Chief Whip Rt Hon Obiejess MP
Founded May 2005
Membership 100+
Ideology Revisionist social democracy
Progressivism
Democratic socialism
Communitarianism
Environmentalism
Republicanism
Political position

Centre-left to mid-left-wing

Colours      Red
House of Commons
17/50
Website
Labour Party
Elections

"We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values.” - Tony Benn

The Labour Party is a broad left-wing party in the Model House of Commons. It is the largest party and currently forms the government in a Labour-Socialist Party coalition. It is considered one of the 'big two' parties, along with the Conservative Party, and is often in government, the last time before Parliament XXIV having been the case within the context of a coalition with the Liberal Party from November 2015 to April 2016.

History of the Labour Party

The Labour Party were one of the founding parties of the Model House of Commons (MHoC). In earlier eras, Labour tended to be a smaller party than it is today and faced strong opposition from the more popular Liberal Democrats (now the Liberal Party) and the Socialist Party. Nevertheless, it has always had at least seven seats in the parliament; and, with recent peaks of fifteen seats, it has leapfrogged its rivals to become the dominant party of the TSR Left.

They first featured in government as the coalition partner to the Monster Raving Loony Party during the Fifth Parliament, largely helped by the failure of the Conservatives to contest the election and the antipathy of the Monster Raving Loony Party towards the Liberal Democrats. These roles were reversed during the Sixth Parliament when Labour for the first time emerged as the largest party, and formed a Labour-Monster Raving Loony Party government, with Randdom becoming Labour's first Prime Minister. Now an accepted party of government, Labour became a coalition partner to the Liberal Democrats in the Seventh Parliament, but left office in the Eighth Parliament due to the rise of the Socialist Party, who for the first time became the largest left-wing party and by refusing to countenance a coalition allowed the Conservatives to form a minority government.

Labour remained the smallest left-wing party during the Ninth Parliament, but attempted to launch a coalition offer with the Liberal Democrats and the Socialist Party which was rebuffed by the Conservatives during the constitutional crisis. During the Tenth Parliament, Labour managed to reassert itself as the secondary left-wing party after the Liberal Democrats, defeating the Socialist Party convincingly and retaining a narrow lead over them into the Eleventh Parliament. This put them in prime position to pick up the left-wing vote following the electoral collapse of the Liberal Democrats in the Twelfth Parliament and onwards.

In recent years, Labour have been much more successful, and arguably have been the most dominant party in the House since the Thirteenth Parliament, uniting much of the left-wing vote and placing as the largest party in five consecutive elections, an unmatched record. They have been the main party of government in every Parliament since the Thirteenth, with the exception of the Fifteenth and Seventeenth, both where poor activity forced them into opposition despite having a plurality of seats.

In the Thirteenth Parliament and the Fourteenth Parliament Labour's main coalition partner was the Liberal Democrats, but a leftwards shift in the Labour Party saw them form a coalition with the Independent Addzter and the Socialist Party for the Sixteenth Parliament. The Labour Party was in opposition for the Eighteenth Parliament in a coalition with the Greens, having missed out on Government despite again gaining the most votes in the election after the Liberal Party dropped out of the agreement at the eleventh hour to instead work with the Conservatives and UKIP.

However, the Labour Party succeeded in gaining control of the Nineteenth Parliament, through a coalition between themselves, the Socialists and the Greens. That Bearded Man led a pan-left coalition whose greatest achievement was abolishing the monarchy. In the Twentieth Parliament Labour lost seats, making them the second party in a "traffic-light coalition" with the Greens and Liberals. This was the first Government to be headed by a Green Prime Minister.

In the Twenty-first Parliament, Labour, after obtaining its highest ever number of seats in the general election, formed a coalition with the Liberals which collapsed in July 2015 leading to the formation of a minority Labour government which was swiftly VoNCed, leaving Labour in opposition until the successor coalition's collapse let to government and opposition being suspended for the remainder of term.

After the October 2015 general election they went into coalition with the Liberals once again, an arrangement which endured until the end of the Twenty-second Parliament. In April 2016 Labour became the second-largest party in the MHoC, choosing not to seek to go into coalition and instead forming the Official Opposition. After two by-election wins in the space of a month during the Twenty-third Parliament, the Labour Party overtook the Conservative Party as the largest party, with 14 to the Tories 13. Labour formed the Official Opposition led by RayApparently who took over for a second time after Quamquam123 resigned 5 weeks after his defeat of party leader Saracen's Fez in April 2016.

After the November 2016 general election, Labour won their highest-ever number of seats, numbering 17, after the Green Party failed to submit a manifesto and so did not stand. They entered government in a Labour-Socialist coalition government, with leader RayApparently becoming Prime Minister.

Electoral Performance

The Labour Party has fared reasonably well in General Elections, with its best performance being between April 2011 and March 2014 where it won 7 General Elections in a row.

This table shows how the Labour Party has performed in General Elections since the first one in May 2005:

Election Votes Vote % Rank Seats Change in Seats Outcome of Election
May 2005 N/A 32.66% 2nd
14/50
N/A Liberal Democrat Minority
November 2005 N/A 17.47% 3rd
9/50
Decrease 5 Liberal Democrat Minority
May 2006 67 21.97% 2nd
12/50
Increase 3 Conservative-Monster Raving Loony Coalition
November 2006 41 17.30% 3rd
9/50
Decrease 3 Monster Raving Loony Minority
May 2007 43 19.11% 2nd
10/50
Increase 1 Monster Raving Loony Minority
December 2007 46 22.66% 1st
11/50
Increase 1 Labour-Monster Raving Loony Coalition
June 2008 49 14.63% 3rd
8/50
Decrease 3 Liberal Democrat-Labour Coalition
November 2008 77 18.55% 3rd
10/50
Increase 2 Conservative Minority
May 2009 51 12.88% 4th
7/50
Decrease 3 No Government
November 2009 72 15.75% 3rd
8/50
Increase 1 Liberal Democrat-Conservative-Centre Coalition
May 2010 56 12.07% 3rd
7/50
Decrease 2 Conservative-Libertarian-UKIP Coalition
October 2010 99 27.60% 2nd
14/50
Increase 7 Conservative-Libertarian Coalition
April 2011 316 28.10% 1st
14/50
No Change Labour-Liberal Democrat-Centre-UKIP Coalition
October 2011 108 22.59% 1st
13/50
Decrease 1 Labour-Liberal Democrat Coalition
March 2012 180 25.21% 1st
14/50
Increase 1 Conservative-UKIP-Faland Coalition
September 2012 146 23.43% 1st
15/50
Increase 1 Labour-Socialist-Addzter Coalition
April 2013 131 21.55% 1st
12/50
Decrease 3 Conservative-UKIP-Libertarian Coalition
September 2013 82 17.56% 1st
9/50
Decrease 3 Conservative-Liberal-UKIP Coalition
March 2014 172 22.34% 1st
13/50
Increase 4 Labour-Socialist-Green Coalition
September 2014 109 17.44% 2nd
9/50
Decrease 4 Green-Labour-Liberal Coalition
May 2015 101 27.60% 1st
15/50
Increase 6 Labour-Liberal Coalition

Green-UKIP-Liberal Coalition

October 2015 64 26.78% 1st
14/50
Decrease 1 Labour-Liberal Coalition
April 2016 44 23.78% 2nd
12/50
Decrease 2 Conservative-Liberal-National Liberal Coalition
November 2016 48 32.00% 1st
17/50
Increase 5 Labour-Socialist Coalition
June 2017 63 30.43% 1st
17/50
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Leaders

Leaders are responsible for the overall running of the party, to oversee and approve legislation, to negotiate coalitions, to set whips and to serve as Chair when the Chair is absent.

There have been 16 Labour Leaders to date with MC being the first one and Saracen's Fez being the current one.

Labour Leaders who also served as Prime Minister at some point during their tenure are marked with an asterisk.

Leader Took office Left office
MC
May 2005
xx_ambellina_xx May 2005 January 2006
Roger Kirk January 2006 January 2007
Randdom* January 2007 June 2008
Jangrafess June 2008 August 2008
Nightowl August 2008 November 2008
Metrobeans November 2008 October 2009
Cardozo October 2009 February 2011
ByronicHero* February 2011 May 2011
DayneD89* May 2011 February 2012
Mechie* February 2012 August 2013
Saoirse:3* August 2013 April 2014
That Bearded Man* April 2014 September 2014
RayApparently* September 2014 November 2015
Saracen's Fez* November 2015 May 2016
Quamquam123 May 2016 June 2016
RayApparently* June 2016 July 2017
Saracen's Fez* July 2017 Incumbent

Deputy Leaders

Deputy Leaders are responsible for supporting the Leader in the exercise of their powers and duties and to serve as Leader when the Leader is absent.

There have been 20 Labour Deputy Leaders to date with BananaManUK being the first one and Obiejess being the current one.

Deputy Leaders who also served as Leader at some point are marked with an asterisk.

Deputy Leader Took office Left office
BananaManUK June 2005 January 2006
Roger Kirk*
January 2006
martynwilliams January 2006 January 2007
Nightowl* January 2007 February 2007
brimstone February 2007 January 2008
Jangrafess* January 2008 April 2008
Nightowl* April 2008 August 2008
sohanshah August 2008 November 2009
Adorno December 2009 December 2010
Thunder and Jazz December 2010 June 2011
sandys1000 June 2011 April 2012
TopHat April 2012 July 2013
RoryS July 2013 February 2014
That Bearded Man* February 2014 April 2014
RayApparently* April 2014 September 2014
The Legal Eagle October 2014 July 2015
junaidk7 July 2015 December 2015
United1892 December 2015 April 2016
Kay_Winters April 2016 June 2016
Obiejess June 2016 Incumbent

Chairs

Chairs are responsible for sending party updates, acting as returning officer in internal elections, making important announcements and ensuring that Labour members obey the Party Constitution.

In July 2013, the position of Chair was introduced.

There have been 8 Labour Chairs to date with StatusRed being the first one and TheDefiniteArticle being the current one.

Chairs who also served as Leader at some point are marked with an asterisk.

Chair Took office Left office
StatusRed July 2013 April 2014
Mechie* April 2014 September 2014
Saracen's Fez* October 2014 November 2015
Saoirse:3* December 2015 January 2016
cranbrook_aspie January 2016 May 2016
DanE1998 May 2016 September 2016
Quamquam123* September 2016 March 2017
Saracen's Fez* March 2017 July 2017
TheDefiniteArticle July 2017 Incumbent

Chief Whips

Chief Whips are responsible for reminding MPs to vote, informing them of whips and ensuring they comply with whips.

Following the passing of a party amendment in May 2016, the role of Chief Whip was separated from the role of Chair.

There have been 4 Labour Chief Whips to date with RayApparently being the first one and Obiejess being the current one.

Chief Whips who also served as Leader at some point are marked with an asterisk.

Chief Whip Took office Left office
RayApparently* May 2016 June 2016
EricAteYou June 2016 September 2016
TheDefiniteArticle September 2016 February 2016
Obiejess February 2016 Incumbent

Reserve Deputy Leader

The position of Reserve Deputy Leader was created in June 2012 but abolished in July 2013 following the creation of the Chair position. RoryS was the only Reserve Deputy Leader. This position is currently not being used.

Reserve Deputy Leader Took office Left office
RoryS June 2012 July 2013
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