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ENG: Alasdair McDonnell (born 1 September 1949) is an Irish politician who has been the Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party since 2011, and the Member of Parliament and Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Belfast since 2005 and 1998 respectively. Political career McDonnell's first involvement with politics came when he joined the National Democrats and stood as the party candidate in the 1970 election in North Antrim, losing to Ian Paisley. McDonnell first won election to Belfast City Council in 1977, representing Belfast 'Area A' which included the Short Strand and Upper Ormeau areas. He lost his council seat in a surprise result in 1981 but returned in 1985 and served as the first Catholic Deputy Mayor of Belfast in 1995-1996. He first stood for the ...
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... PUT A BLANKET AROUND THE POOR As the weather takes a bitterly cold turn SDLP Economy Spokesperson Alasdair McDonnell MP has said the Executive has a new ready-made answer to easing the fuel poverty crisis and save people’s lives and he’s urging the public to lobby government to make it happen. The South Belfast MP said that if the First and Deputy First Minister are serious about addressing crippling issues of poverty in disadvantaged areas then it should direct a substantial amount of resources in its new Social Investment and Protection Funds towards combating fuel ...

McDonnell launches SDLP leader bid

South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell has launched his campaign to become leader of the SDLP. It comes after Margaret Ritchie announced she was stepping down last month, with the intention of focusing instead on her South Down constituency. Mr McDonnell, who is one of four candidates vying to take over the top job, says his main message is that the SDLP needs radical change and reorganisation. "We are going to have to cut a new deal, or perhaps a series of new deals, in London, Dublin and here in Belfast as well," he said, unveiling his manifesto. "This is the job for the SDLP. A ...

Alasdair McDonnell: SDLP have to change or die

SDLP leadership candidate Dr Alasdair McDonnell will today issue his party colleagues with a stark message - change or die. He warned that the party "can change the way we work or we can disappear". The South Belfast MP is preparing to launch his manifesto today which outlines a strategy to halt the party's steady decline. The document includes plans to invite his current rivals for the top post to join a 'New Deal' collective leadership if he wins next month's vote to elect a new leader. Read more: Belfast Telegraph (17 October 2011)

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Behind Alasdair McDonnell's tough political bruiser image is family man whose ... - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphBehind Alasdair McDonnell's tough political bruiser image is family man whose ...Belfast TelegraphAlasdair McDonnell is an immensely private man. This is the first interview he has ever done at home with his family. It's a magnificent old house in south Belfast with marble fireplaces and a sweeping staircase. But it's a warm, happy space, not a ...The questions the SDLP has avoided asking for 15 years can be avoided no longer.Slugger O'TooleThe leadership election is the SDLP's Gethsemane momentthe Irish Newsall 5 news articles »
SDLP leadership: 'The bookies don't have the votes,' says McDonnell - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterSDLP leadership: 'The bookies don't have the votes,' says McDonnellBelfast Newsletter“I'm talking to a lot of people across the country in ones, and twos and threes and fours, and they want me to remain as leader so, when that crystalises itself in 10 days' time, I expect to be leader beyond the conference,” Dr McDonnell said, ahead of ...and more »
SDLP leadership: Alasdair McDonnell 'very confident he will win' - BBC News
BBC NewsSDLP leadership: Alasdair McDonnell 'very confident he will win'BBC NewsSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell has said he remains very confident that he will defeat Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood in the party leadership contest. He was speaking at a meeting in south Belfast that he organised to discuss the political way forward.
It's Young Turk versus old guard as SDLP searches its soul - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphIt's Young Turk versus old guard as SDLP searches its soulBelfast TelegraphDr McDonnell is halfway through a programme to modernise the party and he will be expected to ask for time to complete that. Whoever is leader, they will face big challenges. In spite of keeping three MPs, the SDLP vote has been creeping downwards and ...

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