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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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Tributes paid to Gerry Conlon at Belfast funeral - Irish Post
Irish PostTributes paid to Gerry Conlon at Belfast funeralIrish PostTánaiste Eamon Gilmore was also in attendance at the funeral, along with Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey and SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell. Chief celebrant, Fr Ciarán Dallat added that whilst Mr Conlon lived a life filled with great pain, “in ...and more »
Hopes for executive parties' commitment to peaceful parading season - the Irish News
Hopes for executive parties' commitment to peaceful parading seasonthe Irish NewsSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said his party wanted a "comprehensive and conclusive" process. The South Belfast MP and MLA also stressed the need for full engagement from the British and Irish governments. "The SDLP has been very clear with the ...and more »
The full transcript of Alex Kane's interview with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterThe full transcript of Alex Kane's interview with UUP leader Mike NesbittBelfast NewsletterBut I equally have to work with Alasdair McDonnell and Martin McGuinness. This is something that has to be done. AK: Are there too many unionist parties and, if so, how do you resolve that problem? MN: Well, the total number of votes rose for unionist ...and more »
We will fight fracking law extension, says SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphWe will fight fracking law extension, says SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnellBelfast TelegraphSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell warned against any attempt to extend the measures here. "We will oppose any such legislation in Westminster and call on all parties in the Assembly to do likewise," he said. The South Belfast MP also said he would lobby ...and more »



 
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