Progressive Democratic Party
LeaderNick Cruz
Founded7 June 2006
Dissolved31 August 2013[1]
Split fromGibraltar Social Democrats
HeadquartersIrish Town, Gibraltar
IdeologyLiberal conservatism
Economic liberalism[2][3]
Political positionCentre-right
ColoursRed, White, Blue
Website
PDP.gi

The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) was a liberal conservative political party from Gibraltar.

The party was the third political party and the only party to sit on the centre-right in Gibraltar. Despite poor election results, it garnered growing support from the public and was seen as the 'alternative opposition'. The PDP was the only party campaigning for "a Gibraltar freely associated to the United Kingdom" and envisaged "a journey through the recognition of our right to independence".[4] The party was also the only political party in Gibraltar that openly committed to implementing a means testing system in government housing.[5]

The PDP described itself as "the only real choice for an alternative, authentic, centrist government which has vision, is progressive and is in tune with the aspirations of Gibraltarians for stable and moderate liberal politics."[6]

History

The party was co-founded by Gibraltarian lawyers Keith Azopardi and Nick Cruz among other members in June 2006. The PDP has been described as a splinter group of the Gibraltar Social Democrats. This is because Azopardi and Cruz were both leading figures in the GSD who resigned due to disillusionment with the GSD party following a merger with the Gibraltar Labour Party.

Marie-Lou Guerrero and Leo Olivero left the party in November 2006 in opposition to the party's "yes" stance on the referendum on Gibraltar's new constitution.[7]

The Party decided to support the constitution despite reservations "because it represented a massive leap forward from the 1969 constitution and because it put us in a much better position to then take the next steps."[8]

On 6 June 2012, Keith Azopardi stepped down as leader of the PDP.[9] At an AGM on 3 December 2012, Azopardi was elected as Party Chairman and Nick Cruz as Party Leader.[10]

On 22 July, the executive committee met and decided, by overwhelming majority, to call it a day. A press release issued on 30 July 2013 confirmed that the party would be "wound up" with effect as from 31 August 2013. An EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) will be held to pass the resolution and party funds will be donated to charity.[11]

Policy

The Progressive Democratic Party declared that it was founded on several basic pillars;

Election results

Parliament of Gibraltar

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
±
2007[12] 5,799 3.75
0 / 17
New
2011[13] 7,622 4.36
0 / 17
Steady
2013 (by-election)*[14] 688 7.00
0 / 1
0 / 17
Steady
*The 2013 by-election in Gibraltar was to fill in a seat vacated by then-GSLP MP, Charles Arthur Bruzon, 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.

European Parliament

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. The PDP did not form an alliance for the 2009 elections and did not stand any candidates.

References

  1. ^ http://www.gibnews.net/cgi-bin/gn_view.pl/?PDPG130730_1.xml
  2. ^ https://dl.dropbox.com/u/98308799/pdp%2Bmanifesto.pdf (Page 19)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "PDP Leader's National Day Statement".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/PDPGibraltar
  7. ^ Marilou Guerrero, Leo Olivero. "A 'Yes' vote not in Gibraltar's best interest, say Marilou Guerrero and Leo Olivero". Panorama (Gibraltar). Archived from the original on 17 December 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Constitutional Future of Gibraltar" (PDF). The Progressive Democratic Party. www.gibraltarnewsonline.com. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Personal statement by Keith Azopardi's stepping down as Leader".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://www.gibnews.net/cgi-bin/gn_view.pl/?PDPG130730_1.xml
  12. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_11_october_2007.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/general_election_results_8_december_2011%20.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.parliament.gi/images/parliamentary_election_results/by_election_results_4_july_2013.pdf