|Preceded by||National Party of Gibraltar|
|Headquarters||95 Irish Town, Gibraltar|
|Political position||Centre to centre-left|
|National affiliation||GSLP–Liberal Alliance|
|European affiliation||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe|
|International affiliation||Liberal International|
|UK affiliation||Liberal Democrats|
|Colours||Red and white|
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The Liberal Party of Gibraltar (Libs or LPG) is a liberal political party in Gibraltar. It was founded in 1991 as the Gibraltar National Party and is led by Dr. Joseph Garcia. The LPG forms the GSLP–Liberal Alliance in partnership with the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party.
In line with most liberal parties, the party describes their political philosophy as being based on notions of people deciding their own future, and are committed to Gibraltarian self-determination regarding constitutional arrangements.
The party believes in "freedom, responsibility, tolerance, social justice and equality of opportunity: these are the central values of liberalism, and they remain the principles on which an open society must be built. These principles require a careful balance of strong civil societies, democratic government, free markets, and international cooperation".
The party makes its stance on economic policy very clear, stating that "open societies need open markets. A liberal, open and tolerant society requires a market economy. Political freedom and economic freedom belong together".
Main article: Elections in Gibraltar
In the 1992 election to the Gibraltar House of Assembly, the party (as the GNP) won 4.7%% of the popular vote and no seats.
In the 1996 election the GNP won 4.68% of the popular vote and no seats.
In the 1999 by-election, following the death of GSLP Opposition MP Robert Mor, Liberal Party leader Dr. Joseph Garcia won 51.46% of the popular vote and the seat. He was the first joint GSLP/Liberal candidate to contest an election.
In the 2000 election the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 14.95% of the popular vote and 2 seats.
In the 2003 election the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 14.61% of the popular vote and 2 seats.
In the 2007 election to the newly named (and re-organized) Gibraltar Parliament, the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 13.65% of the popular vote and 3 seats.
In the 2011 election, the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 14.64% of the popular vote and 3 seats forming the new Government of Gibraltar.
In the 2013 by-election, following the death of Housing Minister Charles Bruzon (GSLP), the Liberal Party backed the GSLP candidate Albert Isola, who has won 49.84% of the popular vote to fill in the vacant seat.
In the 2015 election, the party won (in alliance with the GSLP) 20.61% of the popular vote and 3 seats.
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overall seats won^
|1992 (known as the 'Gibraltar National Party (GNP)')||2,158||4.7||
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|1996 (as the 'GNP')||5,932||4.68||
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|1999 (by-election; in alliance with the 'GSLP')*||4,395||51.47||
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|2000 (in alliance with the 'GSLP')||17,286||14.95||
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|2003 (in alliance with the 'GSLP')||16,538||14.61||
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|2007 (in alliance with the 'GSLP')||21,120||13.65||
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|2011 (in alliance with the 'GSLP')||25,590||14.64||
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|2015 (in alliance with the 'GSLP')||30,399||20.61||
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|2019 (in alliance with the 'GSLP')||24,546||15.50||
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|^Each of these numbers are only based on how the Liberal Party of Gibraltar performed in each [individual] election.|
|*The 1999 by-election in Gibraltar was to fill in a seat vacated by then-GSLP MP, Robert Mor, who died that year. Hence, the composition bar on this row would only signify whether or not a member of a particular political party has won the seat. If that particular member had won the seat, then the entire bar would be colored in.|
Gibraltar is part of the South West England constituency in the European parliament and its major parties form joint ticket alliances with the major UK parties. Since 2004, the Liberal Party of Gibraltar has been in an alliance with the Liberal Democrats.
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The Liberal Party of Gibraltar is a member of the Liberal International and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, having joined the latter in November 2014. It is also a 'Sister Party' of the United Kingdom Liberal Democrats and contests the South-West England constituency at European Parliamentary elections on a joint ticket with them taking place six on the party list.