Union, Progress and Democracy
Published 2nd November, 2011
The Union, Progress and Democracy or UPD or UPyD was founded in September 2007 as a new national party to take on the main two national parties. Although its origins are in the Basque region it seeks to address a wider audience. It describes itself as progressive but most observers position it in the centre. It has a number of beliefs including federalism, secularism, pro-Europeanism, social liberalism and social democracy.
In the 2008 general election the party took one seat in the Congress of Deputies. In the 2009 European election they also won a seat and in the 2011 local elections they won 152 seats with 2.06% of the vote.