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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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Child guardian scheme suggested in response to Ashya King case - Evening Standard
Evening StandardChild guardian scheme suggested in response to Ashya King caseEvening StandardThe independent scheme, suggested by Belfast South MP Alasdair McDonnell, will be looked at as a way of improving the way the country's children are protected. During today's Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, Mr McDonnell asked: "Do you ...and more »
The World Reacts to Scotland's Decision Not to Leave the UK - TIME
The World Reacts to Scotland's Decision Not to Leave the UKTIMEMartin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, praised the vote as being part of a “democratically agreed process,” while Irish political leader Dr. Alasdair McDonnell said the Scottish National Party had shown how independence campaigns “should ...and more »
Scottish nationalists show the futility of IRA violence, say SDLP - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterScottish nationalists show the futility of IRA violence, say SDLPBelfast NewsletterScotland's referendum campaign — which saw nationalists come within 383,397 votes of their goal — shows the futility of violence in Northern Ireland in an attempt to secure a united Ireland, the SDLP has said. SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell, whose ...
Government 'keen to resolve issues' - Yahoo News UK
Yahoo News UKGovernment 'keen to resolve issues'Yahoo News UKThe Government has said it is very keen to resolve outstanding Northern Ireland peace process issues. Secretary of State Theresa Villiers met Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and nationalist SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell for separate ...and more »



 
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