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The Labour Party

 

Keir Hardie: First Leader of the Labour Party

Keir Hardie: First Labour Leader

Founded in 1900 the Labour Party has been seen as the principal  center-left political party in the United Kingdom since the 1920s.

The Labour movement believe in fighting hard for a fair and equal society, free from prejudice, poverty and war.  Protecting the weakest; Distributing wealth; Giving everyone an opportunity to fulfill their full potential  – this is what the Labour Party stands for.  Our beliefs are summoned up in Claus IV of the Party Constitution which states:

 

“The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavor we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few.”

 

The Labour Party is a membership organisation consisting of Constituency Labour Party’s, affiliated trade unions, socialist societies and the Co-operative Party, with which it has an electoral agreement.

 

Internationally, the Labour Party is a member of the Socialist International. In European-wide politics, Labour is a member of the Party of European Socialists and in the European Parliament, the party’s MEPs sit in the Socialists & Democrats group.

 

Scottish Labour have 46 of 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament, 38 of 59 Scottish Seats in the UK Parliament, and 2 of 6 Scottish Seats in the European Parliament.  Scottish Labour have a membership of around 18,000.  On 13 September 2008, Iain Gray was elected leader and promised a “fresh start” for Labour in Scotland.  The party has its headquarters at john Smith House House, 145 West Regent Street, in the Blythswood district of Glasgow.