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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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Talks to save power sharing in Northern Ireland get under way - The Guardian
The GuardianTalks to save power sharing in Northern Ireland get under wayThe Guardian... discussing with other members of the region's power-sharing executive? Read more. Alasdair McDonnell, the leader of the nationalist SDLP, suggested on Monday afternoon that the Obama administration should be brought in to help with the negotiations.Martin McGuinness warns against preconditions for talks to save powersharingBelfast TelegraphNorth's political crisis deepens after DUP no-show at Stormont meetingBreakingNews.ieNorthern Ireland demands mature politicians while ignoring the ones it hasThe News Huball 261 news articles »
Stormont crisis: UUP quitting Executive premature, says McDonnell - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterStormont crisis: UUP quitting Executive premature, says McDonnellBelfast NewsletterSDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP has branded plans by the UUP to resign from the Stormont Executive as “premature”. See a video of UUP leader Mike Nesbitt's full address explaining his reasons by clicking here. Dr McDonnell said: “The SDLP ...and more »
Yes Alasdair, the SDLP oppose republican criminality but is anybody listening? - Slugger O'Toole
BBC NewsYes Alasdair, the SDLP oppose republican criminality but is anybody listening?Slugger O'TooleSigns of life in the SDLP are an interesting sidebar in the great IRA structures kerfuffle. Alasdair McDonnell has taken up the challenge to contradict the Guardian's Henry McDonald's charge below in yesterday's Belfast Telegraph, which is basically ...How IRA's return to violence silenced the SDLPBelfast TelegraphDUP: Stormont 'usual business cannot continue until IRA claims resolved'BBC NewsUlster Unionists increase political crisis with opposition moveFinancial TimesU.TV -the Irish Newsall 476 news articles »
McGuinness claims parties can resolve NI crisis - RTE.ie
Belfast TelegraphMcGuinness claims parties can resolve NI crisisRTE.ieSDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said: "Adjournment would not have added anything, an adjournment would have been there and when the adjournment was over we would still have been drifting toward suspension. "The adjournment was not the solution ...Taoiseach meets SDLP leader McDonnell for talks over future of StormontBelfast TelegraphNorthern Ireland Faces Crisis as Unionist First Minister ResignsNew York TimesStormont crisis: Bid to adjourn Northern Ireland Assembly failsBBC NewsIrish Timesall 1,529 news articles »

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