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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 loses SDLP leadership to Colum Eastwood - The Guardian
The GuardianAlasdair McDonnell loses SDLP leadership to Colum EastwoodThe GuardianThe MP for south Belfast, Alasdair McDonnell, has lost the leadership of his Social Democratic and Labour party (SDLP). McDonnell (66) was defeated on Saturday evening by his 32-year-old challenger, Colum Eastwood, at the party's annual conference in ...Alasdair McDonnell defends leadership recordIrish TimesAlasdair McDonnell's lunchtime speech as SDLP leader – renewal and rebuilding #sdlp15Slugger O'TooleSDLP leadership: Colum Eastwood wins contest against Alasdair McDonnellBBC NewsDerry Journal -the Irish News -Belfast Telegraphall 49 news articles »
Behind Alasdair McDonnell's tough political bruiser image is family man whose wife and children fervently believe he ... - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphBehind Alasdair McDonnell's tough political bruiser image is family man whose wife and children fervently believe he ...Belfast TelegraphAlasdair McDonnell is an immensely private man. This is the first interview he has ever done at home with his family. It's a magnificent old house in south Belfast with marble fireplaces and a sweeping staircase. But it's a warm, happy space, not a ...The leadership election is the SDLP's Gethsemane momentthe Irish NewsThe questions the SDLP has avoided asking for 15 years can be avoided no longer.Slugger O'Tooleall 5 news articles »
Alasdair McDonnell heard saying 'DUP don't want a taig about the place' in recording - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphAlasdair McDonnell heard saying 'DUP don't want a taig about the place' in recordingBelfast TelegraphDUP acting First Minister Arlene Foster - who said she was put in place to prevent "rogue and renegade" nationalist and republican ministers from taking decisions - has called for Dr McDonnell to apologise. She said: "Alasdair McDonnell should ...Alasdair McDonnell: SDLP leader stands by comments on DUP and Sinn FéinBBC NewsAlasdair McDonnell likely to face leadership challengeBBC NewsSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell facing challenge from Derry MLA Colum EastwoodBelfast Livethe Irish News -U.TV -Belfast Newsletterall 30 news articles »
SDLP 'to form an Opposition' after the election in May - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphSDLP 'to form an Opposition' after the election in MayBelfast TelegraphThe Foyle MLA used a signature building on the Falls Road, An Culturlann, to unveil his new team more than two months after he replaced Mr McDonnell, who was not present. In an attack on Sinn Fein, he said his party would no longer leave governance and ...



 
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