The People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) was formed in 2002 as a direct result of the formation of the now rebranded United Democratic Party (UDP). At the time the move was said to be about the people and putting their needs first.
The first party leader was long serving politician Kurt Tibbetts who had been ousted by McKeeva Bush.
In the May 2005 general election, following the devastating Hurricane Ivan, the PPM took 10 out of the 15 seats in the Legislative Assembly. However, in May 2009 they lost to the United Democrat Party (UDP).
On 12 February 2011, the PPM became the first political party in the Cayman Islands to transfer leadership. Kurt Tibbetts, the Leader of the Opposition and founder of the PPM, stepped down at the extraordinary conference, passing on the party’s top job to Alden McLaughlin.
Around 2008 the PPM transformed itself into just The Progressives.
For the April 2021 general election McLaughlin passed leadership onto Roy McTaggart despite there being no word of an actual party conferencing taking place.