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Labour Party (Malta)

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The Labour Party (Maltese: Partit Laburista, PL), formerly known as the Malta Labour Party (Maltese: Partit tal-Ħaddiema, MLP), is one of the two major political parties in Malta, along with the Nationalist Party.[1][2] It sits on the centre-left of the political spectrum.[3]

Quick facts: Labour Party Partit Laburista, Abbreviation, ...
Labour Party
Partit Laburista
LeaderRobert Abela
PresidentRamona Attard
Deputy LeaderDaniel Micallef
Founded15 March 1921; 102 years ago (15 March 1921)
Headquarters77 Triq Mile End, Hamrun
Think tankFondazzjoni IDEAT
Youth wingLabour Youths
Women's wingLabour Women
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationMalta Labour Movement (1978–1992)
European affiliationParty of European Socialists
International affiliationSocialist International (1949–2014)
European Parliament groupProgressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Colours  Red
SloganLabor Omnia Vincit
Anthem"L-Innu tal-Partit Laburista"
("Anthem of the Labour Party")
House of Representatives
43 / 79
European Parliament
4 / 6
Mayors of Localities
48 / 68
Local Council Seats
268 / 462
Party flag
Flag of the Labour Party

The party was founded in 1921 as the Chamber of Labour by a small group of trade unionists. Its prominent member Paul Boffa served as the first Labour prime minister between 1947 and 1950. Ideologically, the party was orientated towards democratic socialism and other left-wing stances until the early 1990s, when it followed the lead of like-minded Western social-democratic parties like Britain's New Labour.[4][5] The party still claims to be democratic-socialist in their party programme.[6][7][8] Under the rule of Joseph Muscat, the party shifted to a more centrist position,[9][10] adopting Third Way policies.[11][12][13] A formerly Eurosceptic party,[14] it claims to hold pro-European stances and is a member of the Party of European Socialists,[15][16] and was previously a member of the Socialist International until 2014.[17]