Workers' Party goal of one-third of Parliament seats seen as realistic

Medium-term target achievable, say observers, but the party's performance in next GE is key

Workers' Party secretary-general Pritam Singh speaking at the WP members' forum last Sunday, where he laid out the goal for the party to contest and win one-third of the seats in Parliament in the medium term.
Workers' Party secretary-general Pritam Singh speaking at the WP members' forum last Sunday, where he laid out the goal for the party to contest and win one-third of the seats in Parliament in the medium term. PHOTO: WORKERS' PARTY
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Workers' Party (WP) secretary-general Pritam Singh's goal for the party to contest and win one-third of the seats in Parliament in the medium term is realistic, but much will hinge on its performance in the coming general election, say observers.

To achieve that target, the WP would have to effect a five-fold increase from its current slate of six elected MPs, based on the 89 seats up for contest in the last elections.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline Workers' Party goal of one-third of Parliament seats seen as realistic. Subscribe