Labour Party

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Labour Party
Leaderlily-irl
Deputy Leaderlieseocia_
Party Chairohprkl
Founded27 February 1900
IdeologyDemocratic Socialism
Social Democracy
Political positionLeft-wing
Colours     Red
House of Commons
22 / 100
House of Lords
8 / 35
Scottish Parliament
42 / 121
Senedd Cymru
16 / 60
Northern Ireland Assembly
25 / 90
Website
labour.org.uk

The Labour Party is a left wing political party in the United Kingdom that has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. For the last few elections it has generally retained second place in the House of Commons though it has not always been that way. Most recently the Labour Party was overtaken in the August 2020 General Election by the Libertarian Party UK which resulted in them sliding down into third place.

The Party has had the 3rd longest stint in Government after the Conservative Party and the Green Party, the latter of which is only ahead in terms of length of time in Government by less than 100 days.

History

ARichTeaBiscuit Leadership (January 2020-August 2020)

Following the end of Lily's first tenure as leader she was succeeded by the then Deputy Leader ARichTeaBiscuit who took charge of the party on 28 January 2020 before leading it into the Febuary 2020 General Election where Labour, despite seeing an increase in its vote share would lose a seat and was forced to remain in opposition.

Labour would see a peak in polling under ARichTeaBiscuit, sitting at just under 30% popularity on the 16 April 2020 as they overtook the Conservative Party to take the lead in the national polls[1]. This would not be able to sustain however, and a steady decline set in, only briefly reversed on 1 July 2020 when Labour sat at 26.79% before the slump continued[2].

The decline in fortunes under ARichTeaBiscuit came to a head in the August 2020 General Election where a last minute slump of the party saw their vote share drop, seats lost, and the party slide into third place in the results behind a Libertarian Party UK that had stormed ahead.

ARichTeaBiscuit resigned only 20 minutes after the final result was announced [3], stepping out of their leadership position and eventually leaving to join the new socialist Solidarity Party.

Second Lily Leadership and return to Government (August 2020-present)

Following the resignation of ARichTeaBiscuit and the breakaway of Solidarity in the aftermath of the General Election, frontbencher and former leader Lily assumed control of the party once more with BNG as the Deputy Leader and Captainographer as the Party Chair. She took charge at a particularly tumultuous time for the party with an ever decreasing standing in polls and deep unpopularity for the new leader.

By October however the party had begun to recover, seeing a large slump in the first polls since the election before beginning to pick back up at the end of the month with increasing membership activity and a reinvigorated party. New members joined the ranks of the party including many who would rapidly come to partake in future cabinets along with the defection of the well known LPUK politician Greejatus to the party amongst much press interest.

In mid October Labour won a by-election for a vacant Wales (List) seat that had come available following the exit of a DRF MP which brought the party's total MPs in the House of Commons to 22. This would be followed a week later with Captainographer resigning as party chair in late October with an internal election following and the election of ohprkl to succeed as Party Chair.

The first notable political success of Lily's leadership however, came during the 'end of October crisis' where internal leaks of LPUK leadership communications during a Supreme Court ruling brought the then leader Friedmanite19 under fire for a scandal as to his personal views along with his response to several insensitive comments he was seen as having made. In the face of a motion of no confidence submitted on behalf of the entire opposition by Lily, the Prime Minister, CheckMyBrain11 was forced to inform the leader of the LPUK that he could not be counted on to provide support in the event that the VONC went to division. The result was the withdrawal of the Conservative Party from the coalition and collapse of the Blurple government.

The next week would be predominantly taken up by negotiations with the Liberal Democrats lead by Randomman44 which culminated in the 'Phoenix Coalition' coming to power in early November with an agreement between the two parties and the independent, former DRF MP imadearedditaccount5. Early leaks of the agreement however would signal times to come as a series of leaks from the cabinet rocked the coalition's internal structure to its core despite positive early signs including another defection from the LPUK, the former Justice Secretary Elleeit.

Despite the expulsion of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (SoSEFRA) 3xecute0rder66 under the accusation of having leaked government details [4], the leaks in cabinet would continue only the next day as press interest continued to circulate. Nonetheless, the first polls since assuming leadership were positive for both parties in power, especially Labour who jumped to the position they had been in following the General Election the previous term.

Later in November, Labour would undergo a second leadership change with the departure of BoredNerdyGamer from Deputy Leader and his succession by liesocia_ on 24 November 2020.

Election Results

United Kingdom

Election year # of
votes
% +/- # of
overall seats won
+/- Position Outcome Additional Information
June 2014 N/D 36.60% New
11 / 30
New 1st Government Formed a majority coalition government with Liberal Democrats
October 2014 N/D 6.72% Decrease 29.88%
5 / 73
Decrease 6 7th Opposition Part of Unofficial Opposition
March 2015 N/D 11.44% Increase 4.72%
11 / 100
Increase 6 5th Government Joined a minority coalition government with Green Party, Communist Party, Socialist Party and one Independant
October 2015 N/D 17.48% Increase 6.04%
22 / 113
Increase 11 1st Government Formed a minority coalition government with Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Pirate Party and one Independant
February 2016 N/D 15.30% Decrease 2.18%
10 / 80
Decrease 12 5th Opposition Part of Unofficial Opposition
August 2016 N/D 10.58% Decrease 4.72%
7 / 80
Decrease 3 5th Government Joined a minority coalition government with Radical Socialist Party and Green Party
March 2017 N/D 11.71% Increase 1.13%
13 / 100
Increase 6 3rd Official Opposition Formed HM Most Loyal Opposition
September 2017 4,957,693 15.66% Increase 3.95%
15 / 108
Increase 2 3rd Opposition Part of Unofficial Opposition
March 2018 5,340,480 19.72% Increase 4.11%
22 / 100
Increase 7 2nd Government Joined a majority coalition government with Conservative Party
August 2018 3,240,305 14.60% Decrease 5.12%
15 / 100
Decrease 7 3rd Opposition Part of Unofficial Opposition
February 2019 4,109,441 15.28% Increase 0.68%
17 / 100
Increase 2 2nd Official Opposition Formed HM Most Loyal Opposition
August 2019 6,263,049 21.45% Increase 6.17%
25 / 100
Increase 8 2nd Government Formed majority coalition government government with Liberal Democrats, Classical Liberals and SDP
Febuary 2020 7,271,060 24.79% Increase 3.34%
24 / 100
Decrease 1 2nd Official Opposition Formed HM Most Loyal Opposition
August 2020 7,425,462 20.70% Decrease 4.09%
21 / 100
Decrease 3 3rd Official Opposition Formed HM Most Loyal Opposition
  1. YouGov (16 April 2020). "National Opinion Polling - 16th April". MHoC Speakership. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  2. YouGov (1 July 2020). "National Opinion Polling - 1st July". MHoC Speakership. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  3. SomeBritishDude26 (11 August 2020). "GEXIV Rundown: LPUK Lose Their Minds As Labour Lose Their Leader". Model Observer. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  4. lieseocia_ (10 November 2020). "Statement from Phoenix Coalition on investigation into leaks". UK Government. Retrieved 12 November 2020.