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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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Alasdair McDonnell facing Sinn Fein's slick electoral machine in South Belfast - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphAlasdair McDonnell facing Sinn Fein's slick electoral machine in South BelfastBelfast TelegraphBut if the unionist vote divides fairly equally, sitting MP Alasdair McDonnell has a good chance of survival. Traditionally a unionist citadel where the Rev Martin Smyth carried all before him for 22 years, the nationalist SDLP leader McDonnell has ...and more »
Election profile: Alasdair McDonnell - BBC News
BBC NewsElection profile: Alasdair McDonnellBBC NewsFrom GP to MP, SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell has taken two very different paths in his long career. A father-of-four, he has been a doctor in south Belfast for more than 30 years and involved in politics since 1968. Born in 1949 near Cushendall ...and more »
GPs 'can help solve health crisis' - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphGPs 'can help solve health crisis'Belfast TelegraphFormer community doctor Alasdair McDonnell said testing the majority for high blood pressure and other common complaints helped to pick up potentially serious conditions earlier. Dr McDonnell is standing for election in a tight race in South Belfast.and more »
McDonnell: people don't want me to be at every Commons vote - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterMcDonnell: people don't want me to be at every Commons voteBelfast NewsletterWhen asked if he will immediately give up double-jobbing, Dr McDonnell told the News Letter: “The deadline is in 12 months' time. So some time in the next 12 months, yes. And I will make that decision — if I win the seat — I will make that decision ...SDLP's McDonnell rules out Tory election pactBelfast TelegraphSDLP says 'new economic accord' needed as it unveils manifestoIrish TimesElection 2015: SDLP calls for 'prosperity plan' at manifesto launchBBC NewsU.TV -Farming Lifeall 15 news articles »

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