Jamaica Labour Party

The Jamaica Labour Party ( JLP ) is a political party in Jamaica. It was founded in 1943 by Alexander Bustamante as the political wing of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

Since independence Jamaica it from 1962 to 1972 and from 1980 to 1989 the ruling party.

Despite their name, which suggests a labor party, the JLP is an economic liberal-conservative party. Their main rival is the socialist People's National Party ( PNP).

In the 2002 elections, the JLP got 47.2 % of the votes and was thus represented as the only opposition party with 26 of 60 seats in the Jamaican Parliament. In the parliamentary elections on September 3, 2007, the JLP has won by a narrow margin against the PNP, the majority, first extrapolations said the JLP 33 of 60 seats ahead. This was Bruce Golding, the JLP party leader since 2005, newly elected Prime Minister.

During the election campaign in 2001, the party used the song Chi Chi man ( → Battyman - Tune) by TOK as themes song, which has the burning and killing of gay to content.