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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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SDLP will face disaster if party leader Alasdair McDonnell steps down - Belfast Telegraph (blog)
Belfast Telegraph (blog)SDLP will face disaster if party leader Alasdair McDonnell steps downBelfast Telegraph (blog)The SDLP conference isn't until November, but there are already rumours that Dr Alasdair McDonnell, the party leader, may step down and attempt to choose his successor. These rumours surfaced most recently at the Labour Party conference.
Video: SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell calls for issues to be dealt with and ... - Belfast Telegraph
Video: SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell calls for issues to be dealt with and ...Belfast TelegraphSDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell has demanded that the Irish and British Governments urgently convene and chair an all-party talks process which must also include the American Government. The South Belfast MP was responding to statements from ...and more »
SDLP hails economist preparing to turn 98 - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterSDLP hails economist preparing to turn 98Belfast NewsletterCo Down-born Thomas Kenneth Whitaker, known as TK for short, is credited with helping modernise the Republic's economy in the decades after independence. Paying tribute to him at the lunch, SDLP party leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said he had also ...
SDLP honours economist preparing to turn 98 - Belfast Newsletter
Belfast NewsletterSDLP honours economist preparing to turn 98Belfast NewsletterPaying tribute to him at the lunch, SDLP party leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said he had also played a role in helping broker early cross-border talks between the leaders of the Republic and Northern Ireland. He said: “No tribute could ever match the ...TK Whitaker: 'Architect of modern Ireland' honoured at Dublin receptionBBC Newsall 6 news articles »



 
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