The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) is a social democratic party that was formed in 1932, originally as the Workers’ League and was an organisation that was brought into existence to give ordinary people a voice in the social, economic and political development of their country. Through this organization, the ordinary people sought political power in order to affect their economic situation and improve their lives. The result of this work has changed St. Kitts and Nevis over the last eighty-seven years for the better, through the most progressive government structure, policies and leadership in our country’s history.
The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party adheres to the tents of social democracy which is a political, social and economic philosophy that supports economic and social interventions to promote social justice within the framework of liberal democratic government and a mixed economy. The Party is committed to policies aimed at balanced economic development, curbing inequality, oppression of underprivileged groups and poverty, including support for universally accessible public services like care for the elderly, child care, education, and health care. It believes in private enterprise and in empowering its citizens through opportunities in entrepreneurship.
From 1946 until 1978, the Party, then known as the St. Kitts-Nevis Workers League, was led by the His Excellency Robert Bradshaw; who is familiarly known as the ‘Father of the Nation’. Following a host of successful general elections, the Party was renamed in 1966 to the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Labour Party.
After Anguilla’s secession from the trinity in 1980, the Party was renamed again, to its current name, St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP). The SKNLP boasts of a very proud history, with tremendous achievements – from mounting a revolution in housing to creating educational advancements that have made lasting differences in the lives of people across our country.
The SKNLP has always been the Party of the MANY, not the few. Eighty-five years after, the Party remains dedicated to building a better, stronger Federation. Our Labour Party Government has been at the forefront of reorienting our economy away from sugar cultivation to Tourism and Hospitality, Citizenship by Investment (CIP), Construction and Infrastructural Development, Educational Services, Financial Services and diversified agriculture.
In every area of life, be it health or education, housing or agriculture, tourism or financial services or security and policing—the Labour Party, in conjunction with a Labour-led government, has led in making course-altering changes to our society and economy.
The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is responsible for bringing St. Kitts and Nevis into an era of modernity and making it Number One in the OECS Region. Except for fifteen years under the People’s Action movement from 1980 to 1995 and four years from 2015 to the present, The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has led the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.