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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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Foster: Five On the Runs cases 'need to end immediately' - BBC News
BBC NewsFoster: Five On the Runs cases 'need to end immediately'BBC NewsSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell wanted to know what other secret deals had been agreed. The Ulster Unionist leader, Mike Nesbitt, confirmed his party would no longer take part in the Haass process. He described the letters as a "perversion of justice ...and more »
Assembly votes to condemn secret 'letters of comfort' - the Irish News
Assembly votes to condemn secret 'letters of comfort'the Irish NewsSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell called for the disclosure of any other secret deals which had been struck. "We must know, we must get all the information, we must achieve honesty, openness and transparency around all these issues, starting with ...
As conflict parties, stalemate and crisis suits DUP and SF - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterAs conflict parties, stalemate and crisis suits DUP and SFBelfast NewsletterAlasdair McDonnell sounded as if he was trying to order a takeaway from a stone deaf receptionist; Jim Allister went into Dalek mode against the DUP; Basil McCrea ya-boo-sucked everyone and said he knew all about it all along (though it might have ...and more »
Clinton's words must be a catalyst - McDonnell - Derry Journal
Derry JournalClinton's words must be a catalyst - McDonnellDerry JournalSDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP says the encouragement from former US President Bill Clinton during a visit to Derry honouring peacemaker John Hume must be the catalyst to push forward the Haass proposals and “finish the job”. Mr McDonnell ...and more »

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