a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
The oldest party in the State. Similar to its British cousin in its right-on middle-class power base, but not nearly as polished. The third largest party, it has a habit of doing well in one election, only to join forces with its political enemies in coalition governments, an act which angers its electorate and ensures a humiliating defeat in the next election. Recently merged with the far more radical left-wing party Democratic Left, a union that has left many in both parties unhappy.
The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. It is currently the party of government in the United Kingdom and in the Scottish Parliament (in coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats), Welsh Assembly and Mayor of London (although only the second largest grouping on the London Assembly). It is also the second largest party in Local Government and the second largest UK party in the European Parliament.