Gibraltar Parliament

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Coordinates: 36°08′27″N 5°21′14″W / 36.140775°N 5.353758°W / 36.140775; -5.353758

Gibraltar Parliament
2nd Gibraltar Parliament
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Type
Type
Leadership
Adolfo J. Canepa, GMH, OBE, MP [1] (non-affiliated)
Since 18 October 2012
Leader of The House
Structure
Seats 17
Parliament composition
Political groups


Government (10)

Opposition (7)

Elections
Last election
26 November 2015
Next election
2019
Meeting place
Parliament building
Parliament building, John Mackintosh Square, Gibraltar
Website
www.parliament.gi
Chamber of the Parliament
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Parliament is the legislature of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Between 1969 and 2006, it was called the Gibraltar House of Assembly.

Functions

The House of Assembly, set up under the 1969 constitution, was a unicameral body originally consisting of 15 members elected by the Gibraltar electorate, plus two appointed members including the Attorney-General. The term "House of Assembly" has been commonly used for the legislatures of British territories that are less than fully sovereign. It was replaced by the current Gibraltar Parliament by the new 2006 constitution, reflecting an increase in its sovereignty. All 17 of the new Parliament's members are elected.

Under the election system, each voter was allowed to vote for ten members of the Assembly. Due to the small area of Gibraltar and its territorial continuity, precincts served only as polling places, not political units, and there are no electoral districts served by the members, who were instead elected "at large" to serve the territory as a whole.

The system lends itself to block voting – each of the parties or electoral coalitions tended to nominate a slate of ten candidates and encourage its supporters to vote for all of them. In most cases, the winning party or coalition would have all ten of its nominees elected, with the other seven elected members coming from the second-place party.

Parliament building

The Parliament sits in a building overlooking Main Street and John Mackintosh Square. It was constructed in 1817 and previously served as the Exchange and Commercial Library. In 1951, the building was refurbished to host the Legislative Council.[5] Under the 1969 Constitution, the House of Assembly was established, superseding the Legislative Council. The first session of the House of Assembly was opened on 28 August 1969 by the then Governor, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Varyl Begg.[6]

Current membership

The 17 Members of the Gibraltar Parliament, as of the most recent election, are (ordered alphabetically):

Candidate Party Notes
Balban, Paul John GSLP
Bossano, Joseph John GSLP Former Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1988–1996) and former Leader of the GSLP (1978–2011)
Clinton, Roy Mark GSD Interim leader of GSD since July 6 2017
Cortes, John Emmanuel GSLP
Costa, Neil Francis GLP
Feetham, Daniel Anthony GSD Former leader of the GSD (2013-17)
Garcia, Joseph John GLP Leader of the GLP (since 1992) and current Deputy Chief Minister of Gibraltar (since 2011)
Hammond, Trevor Nicholas GSD
Hassan Nahon, Marlene Dinah Esther IND Daughter of former Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964–1969; 1972–1987), Sir Joshua Hassan
Isola, Albert* GSLP
Licudi, Gilbert Horace GSLP
Linares, Steven Ernest GLP
Llamas, Lawrence Francis IND Quit the GSD on July 6, 2017
Phillips, Elliott John GSD
Picardo, Fabian Raymond GSLP Leader of the GSLP and current Chief Minister of Gibraltar (since 2011)
Reyes, Edwin Joseph GSD
Sacramento, Samantha Jane GSLP

*Albert Isola was elected at a by-election on 4 July 2013 after a seat had become vacant following the death of Charles Bruzon in April 2013.

Latest election

Summary of the 26 November 2015 Gibraltar Parliament election results

Party Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Alliance Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party 70,551 47.83 +13.60 7 0
Liberal Party 30,399 20.61 +5.97 3 0
Gibraltar Social Democrats 46,545 31.56 –15.20 7 0
Total 147,495 100 0 17 0
Valid votes 15,578 94.56
Invalid/blank votes 897 5.44
Total votes cast 16,475 100
Registered voters/turnout 23,278 70.77
Source: Parliament of Gibraltar

See also

References

  1. ^ "Composition of Parliament". Government of Gibraltar. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Marlene Hassan Nahon Resigns from GSD (GBC)
  3. ^ GSD reacts to Marlene's resignation (GBC)
  4. ^ http://gibraltarpanorama.gi/15209/295373/a/now-gsd-leader-resigns
  5. ^ Benady, Tito (1996). The Streets of Gibraltar. Gibraltar Books. pp. 17–18. ISBN 0-948466-37-5. 
  6. ^ Government of Gibraltar – The Gibraltar Parliament

External links

  • Official website
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