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United Progressive Party (UPP)

The United Progressive Party is a political party in Antigua and Barbuda. It is led by Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and has the majority of seats in the Antiguan House of Representatives.

The United Progressive Party was formed in 1992 through a merger of three parties, the Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement (ACLM), the Progressive Labour Movement (PLM), and the United National Democratic Party (UNDP). Each party was in opposition to the Antigua Labour Party government. UNDP leader, Baldwin Spencer, a laboour leader who had won the only opposition seat in Antigua in 1989 (apart for Hilbourne Frank of the Barbuda People's Movement) was chosen to lead the new party. Tim Hector, head of the ACLM became deputy leader. The UPP's platform was one of opposition to the dynastic history of Antiguan politics under the Bird leadership and emphasis on fiscal restraint and private sector growth. 

The UPP gained leadership of the government under its leader, Baldwin Spencer, in the 2004 general election, when it gained 55.3% of the popular vote.

The UPP lost its majority in the 2014 general election to the Gaston Browne-led Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party. The party was only able to gain 41.8% of the valid votes and retain three seats in the 17-member House of Representatives.

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Leader Harold LOVELL
Founded 1992
Party Colour Blue
Youth Arm UPP Youth
House of Representatives seats - 2014 2/17
   
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Political Dynamics - Antigua & Barbuda
PARTY PERFORMANCE
Category 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014
Candidates 16 16 16 16 16
Seats 5 4 12 9 3
Votes 11,852 14,713 21,892 21,239 17,868
% Valid Votes 43.71% 44.45% 55.50% 50.95% 41.76%
Change - 0.75% 11.04% -4.55% -9.19%
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PARTY RESOURCES
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UPP 2018 Manifesto
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UPP 2014 Manifesto
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UPP 2009 Manifesto
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UPP 2004 Manifesto
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UPP 1999 Manifesto
 
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Members Name Photo Constituency Term
Hon. Winston Baldwin SPENCER Learn more St. John's Rural West 6th Term
Hon. Willmoth Stafford DANIEL Learn more St. Phillip South 4th Term
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