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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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NI leaders to discuss devolution future with Commons committee - BBC News
BBC NewsNI leaders to discuss devolution future with Commons committeeBBC NewsMPs are holding separate meetings with DUP leader Peter Robinson, SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell, Alliance leader David Ford and UUP leader Mike Nesbitt. Among the issues the committee is looking at are whether Northern Ireland, England and Wales ...and more »
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.
Leaders 'not obsessed with powers' - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphLeaders 'not obsessed with powers'Belfast TelegraphSDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell insisted the "special relationship" with the Republic of Ireland had to be protected and hit out against the Treasury's desire for "uniformity". He said: "One size does not fit all." Following the Scottish independence ...and more »
SDLP members select Lynch for South Antrim - Newtown Abbey Times
Newtown Abbey TimesSDLP members select Lynch for South AntrimNewtown Abbey TimesWelcoming Cllr Lynch's selection, SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell commented: “Roisin has shown in her role as a local councillor that she puts people and the constituency first. “I'm sure she will continue that in her new role as SDLP Westminster ...

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