The Conservative Party in Gibraltar is the part of the Conservative Party that operates in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It is a branch of the South West Region of the Conservative Party. The party does not field candidates in the local elections in the territory, and only stands candidates for the European Parliament constituency of South West England and Gibraltar. It is an affiliate of the Gibraltar Social Democrats party.
|European affiliation||Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists|
|International affiliation||International Democrat Union|
|European Parliament group||European Conservatives and Reformists|
|Local affiliation||Gibraltar Social Democrats|
|EU Parliament seats||
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Gibraltar was first represented in European Elections in 2004 as part of the South West England constituency. None of the main Gibraltar political parties have contested European elections, so voters chose from United Kingdom party lists. The Gibraltar Social Democrats have however, endorsed the Conservatives in European and UK Parliamentary elections.
The Conservative Party polled over two-thirds of the Gibraltar vote, with no other party exceeding 10% support. This was to a large part due to the perception that the Labour Government in Britain had "betrayed" Gibraltar by attempting to negotiate a constitutional settlement involving joint sovereignty with Spain. This arrangement was rejected overwhelmingly by Gibraltarians in the 2002 sovereignty referendum. The Conservatives were perceived as being unequivocal in their support for Gibraltar's continued British status. In addition both the leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard, and his deputy, Michael Ancram, flew in to rally support. Before the election the local Conservatives mounted a vigorous campaign.
The Conservatives won with 51% of the votes.
On the previous two occasions Gibraltar has participated in European elections, the Conservative Party had topped the poll. The Liberal Democrats won the popular vote in the territory for the first time.
The below table lists performance in European Parliamentary elections.
|Year||Votes (Gib.)||Votes (SW Eng)||% (Gib.)||% (SW Eng)||Change (SW Eng)||Seats||Position|
|Former Conservative MEPs for Gibraltar||Caroline Jackson
|Current Conservative MEPs for Gibraltar||Ashley Fox
- "May 08 - GSD Welcomes Tory Win And Repeats Call For Unity Ahead Of Possible EU Referendum". yourgibraltartv.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- Wilkinson, Isambard (18 May 2004). "The Tories won't let you down, Howard tells Gibraltar". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
- Reyes, Brian (2009-06-08). "LANDSLIDE FOR TORIES DISAPPOINTMENT FOR LABOUR". Gibraltar Chronicle. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- Parliament General Election