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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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Alasdair McDonnell predicts SDLP will play role in next UK government - BBC News
BBC NewsAlasdair McDonnell predicts SDLP will play role in next UK governmentBBC NewsThe leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) has predicted his party will play a role in a future UK government after the general election. Alasdair McDonnell said the SDLP could help to form a coalition government in the event of a hung ...Abortion in Northern Ireland: SDLP will oppose change in law, says leader ...Belfast TelegraphAbortion: SDLP opposes changes to Northern Ireland lawBBC Newsall 4 news articles »
Playing Politics with Medicine: Alasdair's Abortion Intervention - Slugger O'Toole
Playing Politics with Medicine: Alasdair's Abortion InterventionSlugger O'TooleThe latest of the series of embarrassing PR-disasters that have characterised his tenure as SDLP leader, Alasdair McDonnell's ostensible defence of his party's abortion policy has managed to plumb a new low in what is otherwise an intensely emotionally ...
Abortion law: David Ford accuses SDLP of talking 'nonsense' - BBC News
BBC NewsAbortion law: David Ford accuses SDLP of talking 'nonsense'BBC NewsStormont's justice minister has accused the SDLP leader of talking "nonsense" after he claimed doctors cannot predict when a foetus has a lethal abnormality. SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell made the remarks last week, as he stated his party's opposition ...
Abortion law change will need sisters to do it for themselves - Irish Times
Irish TimesAbortion law change will need sisters to do it for themselvesIrish TimesSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell was asked during an interview with Mark Davenport on Radio Ulster's Inside Politics last Saturday whether he was still adamant against legal abortion “even in those particular circumstances.” McDonnell – a general ...and more »



 
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