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  1. la·bor par·ty
  2. noun

    • 1. a political party formed to represent the interests of ordinary working people.

    • 2. a major party in Israel, Australia, and certain other countries.

    • 3. variant spelling of Labour Party

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: labor party, plural noun: labor parties

    • Australia's oldest political party, founded in 1891. The party is moderately liberal; it has provided three recent Australian Prime Ministers, Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, and Paul Keating.
    • see Australian Labor Party
    • see Australian Labor Party
    • Australia's oldest political party, founded in 1891. The party is moderate left-of-centre; it has provided three recent Australian prime ministers, Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, and Paul Keating.
    • a major left-of-center British party that since World War II has been in power 1945–51, 1964–70, 1974–79, and 1997–2010. Arising from the trade union movement at the end of the 19th century, it replaced the Liberals as the country's second party after World War I.
    • a left-of-centre political party formed to represent the interests of ordinary working people, in particular a major British party that since the Second World War has been in power 1945–51, 1964–70, 1974–9, and 1997–2010. Arising from the trade union movement at the end of the 19th century, it replaced the Liberals as the country's second party after the First World War.
    • a British socialist political party formed in 1893 under the leadership of Keir Hardie. It was instrumental in the formation of the Labour Party in 1906, but tension between the two parties grew in the 1930s over the questions of pacifism and support for communism, and by the early 1950s the Independent Labour Party had lost all its parliamentary representation.
    • a left-of-centre political party in Northern Ireland, formed in 1970 and supported largely by Catholics. It calls for the establishment of a united Ireland by constitutional means, and rejects the violent tactics of the IRA.
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