Vooruit (political party)

Vooruit (Dutch for Forward, pronounced [voːˈrœy̯t] (listen)) is a Flemish social democratic political party in Belgium.[5][6][7][8] The party was known as the Flemish Socialist Party[9][10][11] (1978–2001: Socialistische Partij, SP; 2001–2021: Socialistische Partij Anders,[lower-alpha 1] SP.A) until 21 March 2021, when its current name was adopted.[12]

PresidentConner Rousseau [nl]
Preceded byBelgian Socialist Party
HeadquartersGrasmarkt 105/37,
Youth wingYoung Socialists
Membership (2014) 49,703[1][2]
IdeologySocial democracy[3]
Political positionCentre-left[4]
European affiliationParty of European Socialists
International affiliationProgressive Alliance
European Parliament groupProgressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Francophone counterpartSocialist Party
Colours  Red
Chamber of Representatives
9 / 87
(Flemish seats)
4 / 35
(Flemish seats)
Flemish Parliament
13 / 124
Brussels Parliament
3 / 17
(Flemish seats)
European Parliament
1 / 12
(Flemish seats)
Flemish Provincial Councils
18 / 175

The party was founded following the linguistic split of the Belgian Socialist Party in 1978, which also produced the Francophone Socialist Party. The Belgian Socialist Party itself consisted of former members of the Belgian Labour Party.

From December 2011 to September 2014, the party was part of the Di Rupo Government, along with its Francophone counterpart. In 2020, it re-entered federal government as part of the De Croo Government. The party has been a part of the Flemish Government several times.

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