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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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A close-run thing as Alasdair McDonnell turns up late for his own party - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphA close-run thing as Alasdair McDonnell turns up late for his own partyBelfast TelegraphMcDonnell retained his seat with 9,560 votes. But it was perhaps not quite the victory he had been hoping for. His vote dropped from 41% of the share in 2010 to 24.5%, making this part of the city even more marginal than before. According to the ...McDonnell won S.Belfast with lowest ever vote share by a UK MPBelfast NewsletterSouth Belfast: SDLP leader sees off challengersIrish TimesElection 2015: UUP win two seats and make biggest gainBBC NewsIrish Echo -Slugger O'Toole -U.TVall 173 news articles »
SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell admits he could quit inside a year - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell admits he could quit inside a yearBelfast TelegraphIt will come up today at an SDLP executive meeting when Dr McDonnell will be urged to give up his Assembly seat and find a replacement by August. One very senior party figure said: "These meetings are very awkward but Alasdair prides himself on having ...SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell hits back at party criticsBBC NewsSDLP executive backs McDonnell in leadership rowU.TVResign - and do it now, Durkan tells McDonnellBelfast NewsletterIrish Times -Left Foot Forwardall 23 news articles »
'Brutal' SDLP meeting as presure mounts on Alasdair McDonnell - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast Newsletter'Brutal' SDLP meeting as presure mounts on Alasdair McDonnellBelfast NewsletterFormer SDLP minister Brid Rodgers told the BBC: “Personally, I think that the party leader needs to be in the Assembly and Alasdair says he will be concentrating on Westminster.” On Friday, SDLP MLA Fearghal McKinney – a close ally of Dr McDonnell's ...Seamus Mallon and Brid Rodgers call on Alasdair McDonnell to step downSlugger O'Tooleall 2 news articles »
Alasdair McDonnell to give up assembly seat - BBC News
BBC NewsAlasdair McDonnell to give up assembly seatBBC NewsThe SDLP leader and South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell has said he will be giving up his assembly seat to concentrate on remaining as an MP at Westminster. He retained his seat in South Belfast with 9,560 votes. Mr McDonnell was first elected to the ...Double jobbing MPs Tom Elliott, Danny Kinahan, Alasdair McDonnell and ...Belfast TelegraphAlasdair McDonnell to give up Stormont assembly seatRTE.ieSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell confirms he will exit from the Assembly “in the ...Slugger O'TooleBelfast Live -Belfast Newsletter -U.TVall 16 news articles »

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