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United Workers Party (UWP)

The United Workers Party (UWP) was formed shortly before the 1964 general elections by an alliance of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the National Labour Movement (NLM). Led by Sir John Compton, the UWP won the elections, taking six of the eight seats in the election. The UWP was the governing party in St. Lucia from 1964 to 1979 and again from 1982 to 1997.

The United Workers Party is a member of the Caribbean Democrat Union, the regional organisation of the global conservative International Democrat Union. 

Its 2006 manifesto pointed to the growing threat of crime and the challenge of economic development, proposing to reduce the national debt, partly by establishing a new division in the Ministry of Finance tasked with that end and partly by establishing a Development Bank and other initiatives aimed at developing small business.  It pledged a renewed commitment to agriculture, which it claimed had been ignored by government strategies focused on service industries.  It also promised to uncover and end corruption and the misuse of public funds. 

Its 2006 slogans, “A Secure Future” and “Papa is Back”, emphasized the party's traditional and familiar qualities and its venerable leader.

In 2011 the UWP lost the election to Labour but regained power in the 2016 elections, taking 11 of the 17 seats in the House.

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UWP
Leader Allen CHASTENET
Founded 1964
First Election 1964
Last Election 2016
# Elections Contested 13
House of Representatives seats - 2016 11/17
   
Ideology Christian democracy
Conservatism
Regional affiliation Caribbean Democrat Union
International affiliation International Democrat Union
Party Colour Yellow
Party Symbol Flaming torch
Status Active
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UWP Manifesto 2016
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UWP Manifesto 2011
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UWP Manifesto 2006
PARTY PERFORMANCE
Category 1979 1982 1987a 1987b 1992 1997 2001 2006 2011 2016
Candidates 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 17 17 17
Seats won 5 14 9 9 11 1 3 11 6 11
Votes 19,706 27,252 25,892 28,045 33,543 26,325 23,007 38,894 39,336 46,165
% Votes 43.79% 56.18% 52.37% 53.18% 56.43% 36.55% 37.84% 51.34% 47.03% 54.76%
Change -9.56% +12.39% -3.81% +0.81% +3.25% -19.88% +1.29% +13.50% -4.31% +7.79%
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
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Allen
CHASTENET
Micoud South
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Lenard 'Spider'
MONTOUTE
Gros Islet
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Ezechiel
JOSEPH
Babonneau
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Stephenson
KING
Castries North
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Sarah
FLOOD- BEAUBRUN
Castries Central
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Dominic
FEDEE
Anse La Raye/Canaires
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Herod
STANISLAUS
Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques
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John Bradley
FELIX
Choiseul/Saltibus
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Gale
RIGOBERT
Micoud North
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Edmund
ESTAPHANE
Dennery South
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Guy
JOSEPH
Castries South East
 
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