Gibraltar Conservatives

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Gibraltar Conservatives
Chairperson Cindy Glasby
MEPs Ashley Fox
Julie Girling
Headquarters

P.O.Box 419
Suite 16

Watergardens 5
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists
International affiliation International Democrat Union
European Parliament group European Conservatives and Reformists
Colours      Blue
Local affiliation Gibraltar Social Democrats
EU Parliament seats
2 / 6
Website
Official site

The Conservative Party in Gibraltar is the part of the Conservative Party that operates in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It is a branch of the South West Region of the Conservative Party. The party does not field candidates in the local elections in the territory, and only stands candidates for the European Parliament constituency of South West England and Gibraltar. It is an affiliate of the Gibraltar Social Democrats party.

History

Michael Howard, former Conservative leader, addressing voters outside the Gibraltar House of Assembly (now the Gibraltar Parliament) for the 2004 European Election.

Gibraltar was first represented in European Elections in 2004 as part of the South West England constituency. None of the main Gibraltar political parties have contested European elections, so voters chose from United Kingdom party lists. The Gibraltar Social Democrats have however, endorsed the Conservatives in European and UK Parliamentary elections.[1][2]

2004

The Conservative Party polled over two-thirds of the Gibraltar vote, with no other party exceeding 10% support. This was to a large part due to the perception that the Labour Government in Britain had "betrayed" Gibraltar by attempting to negotiate a constitutional settlement involving joint sovereignty with Spain.[3] This arrangement was rejected overwhelmingly by Gibraltarians in the 2002 sovereignty referendum. The Conservatives were perceived as being unequivocal in their support for Gibraltar's continued British status. In addition both the leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard, and his deputy, Michael Ancram, flew in to rally support. Before the election the local Conservatives mounted a vigorous campaign.

2009

The Conservatives won with 51% of the votes.[4]

David Cameron speaking at the Gibraltar National Day by video link in 2013.

2014

On the previous two occasions Gibraltar has participated in European elections, the Conservative Party had topped the poll. The Liberal Democrats won the popular vote in the territory for the first time.[5]

Electoral performance

The below table lists performance in European Parliamentary elections.

Year Votes (Gib.) Votes (SW Eng) % (Gib.) % (SW Eng) Change (SW Eng) Seats Position
2004 8,297 457,371 69.52 31.6 -10.1 3 1
2009 3,721 468,742 53.30 30.2 -1.3 3 1
2014 1,236 433,151 17.2 28.9 -1.4 2 2

MEPs

Incumbent Conservative MEPs, Ashley Fox and Julie Girling
Former Conservative MEPs for Gibraltar Caroline Jackson
Conservative
Until 2009
Neil Parish
Conservative
Until 2009
Giles Chichester
Conservative
Until 2014
Current Conservative MEPs for Gibraltar Ashley Fox
Conservative
Since 2009
Julie Girling
Conservative
Since 2009

See also

References

  1. ^ "May 08 - GSD Welcomes Tory Win And Repeats Call For Unity Ahead Of Possible EU Referendum". yourgibraltartv.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkbPwaocZw0
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Isambard (18 May 2004). "The Tories won't let you down, Howard tells Gibraltar". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Reyes, Brian (2009-06-08). "LANDSLIDE FOR TORIES DISAPPOINTMENT FOR LABOUR". Gibraltar Chronicle. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  5. ^ Parliament General Election

External links

  • Official site
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