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Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP)

The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (formerly the Antigua Labour Party or ALP), which grew out of the labour movement in the 1940s, first ran candidates in the 1946 elections and became the majority party in 1951.  It was formed by trades unionists and led by Vere Cornwall (V.C) Bird, who had been president of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union since 1943.  Bird in 1951-2 led a strike of sugar plantation workers to obtain better wages and conditions.  The success of this strike underwrote Bird’s prominence and popularity. 

The ALP under V.C. Bird was the majority party in Antigua from 1951 to 1971 and again from 1976 to 1981.  (Between 1971 and 1976, the Progressive Labour Movement, a predecessor to the UPP, governed.) After independence in 1981, the Antigua Labour Party, under the leadership of V.C.  Bird, who was succeeded in 1993 by his son Lester Bird, continued to win every election until 2004.

The United Progressive Party, led by Baldwin Spencer, won the 2014 general election; and retained the government in the 2009 election. In 2014, the re branded Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) led by Gaston Browne was able to recapture the government with 56.6% of the valid votes and 14 of 17 seats in the House of Representatives.

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Leader Gaston BROWNE
Founded 18 May 1946
Party Colour Red
Youth Arm Antigua Labour Party Youth Movement
House of Representative seats - 2014 14/17
   
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ABLP ELECTION TIMELINE
Category 1971 1976 1980 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014
Candidates 17 17 17 16 16 17 17 16 17 17
Seats 4 11 13 16 15 11 12 4 7 14
Votes 6,409 12,056 12,794 12,972 14,207 14,763 17,521 16,544 19,657 24,238
% Valid Votes 37.90% 49.01% 58.04% 67.90% 63.85% 54.44% 52.94% 41.94% 47.16% 56.64%
Change - 11.11% 9.03% 9.86% -4.05% -9.41% -1.51% -11.00% 5.22% 9.49%
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ABLP 2014 Manifesto ALP 2009 Manifesto ALP 2004 Manifesto
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ABLP MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Members Name Photo Constituency Term
Hon. Gaston Alphonso BROWNE Learn more St. John's City West 4th Term
Hon. Melford Walter Fitzerald NICHOLAS Learn more St. John's City East 1st Term
Hon. Steadroy Cutie BENJAMIN Learn more St. John's City South 5th Term
Hon. Eustace Sylvester LAKE Learn more St. John's Rural South 2nd Term
Hon. Lester Bryant BIRD Learn more St. John's Rural East 8th Term
Hon. Charles FERNANDEZ Learn more St. John's Rural North 1st Term
Hon. Molwyn Morgorson JOSEPH Learn more St. Mary's North 6th Term
Hon. Samantha Nicole MARSHALL Learn more St. Mary's South 1st Term
Hon. Michael BROWNE Learn more All Saints West 1st Term
Hon. Dean JONAS Learn more St. George 1st Term
Hon. Asot Anthony MICHAEL Learn more St. Peter 3rd Term
Hon. Robin Kensworth YEARWOOD Learn more St. Phillip North 9th Term
Hon. E. Paul Chet GREENE Learn more St. Paul 1st Term
Hon. Arthur NIBBS Learn more Barbuda 1st Term
ABLP MEMBERS OF THE SENATE
Name
Senator the Hon. Lennox O’Reilly WESTON
Senator the Hon. Maureen PAYNE-HYMAN
Senator the Hon. Londel Turham McAlister BENJAMIN
Senator the Hon. Colin Lesley Anderson JAMES
Senator the Hon. Alincia Toshiba Harriet WILLIAMS-GRANT
Senator the Hon. Cheryl Mary Clare HURST
Senator the Hon. Michael Nathaniel St. Patrick FREELAND
Senator the Hon. Wigley Franklin Nathaniel GEORGE
Senator the Hon. Shenella Mary Shadida GOVIA
Senator the Hon. Osbert Richard FREDERICK
Senator the Hon. Adrian LEE
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