United Workers Party
Published 9th June, 2016
The United Workers Party or UWP was founded in 1964 as an alliance of the former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the National Labour Movement, a splinter group from the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
The PPP, which had been founded in 1950, had been the official opposition from 1951 to 1964 but had never managed to gain more than one seat. With the defectors from the SLP on-board the UWP was an immediate success and won the 1964 election, taking six of the ten seats in parliament. They would win two more consecutive elections in 1969 with six seats and then in 1974 with ten seats as the House of Assembly grew to a 17 seat parliament. They lost the 1979 election but came back in 1982 to take 14 of 17 seats and would remain in government through three more consecutive elections until they lost in 1997. They were to remain in opposition until 2006 when they won 11 seats, but lost in 2011 only to win again in 2016 with 11 seats once more.
The United Workers Party is a centre-right largely Christian democratic party which is affiliated to the Caribbean Democrat Union and also its worldwide body the centre-right International Democrat Union (IDU).