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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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MCDONNELL: SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND HAS OPPORTUNITY TO ...


... 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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SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell to give up assembly seat this summer - BBC News
Belfast TelegraphSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell to give up assembly seat this summerBBC NewsThe SDLP leader and South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell is to give up his seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly this summer. His party will hold a convention on 25 June to decide who will be co-opted to his South Belfast assembly seat. Dr McDonnell, 65 ...SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell to stand down from NI Assembly in the summerBelfast TelegraphSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell to stand down from AssemblyBelfast LiveMcDonnell to stand down as MLA this summerU.TVall 6 news articles »
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 »
Radical action needed to fix Northern Ireland economy: SDLP leader Alasdair ... - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphRadical action needed to fix Northern Ireland economy: SDLP leader Alasdair ...Belfast TelegraphDr McDonnell said: "The news today from the Bank of England that interest rates will remain at its record low combined with the report from PwC warning that the economic growth in the north will be the lowest across all 12 regions in the UK is startling.and more »
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 -Derry Now -Derry Journalall 23 news articles »



 
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