ENG: The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland is a liberal, and nonsectarian political party in Northern Ireland. It is Northern Ireland's fifth-largest party overall, with seven seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly and one in the House of Commons.
Founded in 1970 from the New Ulster Movement, the Alliance Party originally represented moderate and nonsectarian Unionism. However, over time, particularly in the 1990s, it moved towards neutrality on the Union, and has come to represent wider liberal and nonsectarian concerns. It opposes consociational power sharing as deepening the sectarian divide, and, in the Northern Ireland Assembly, it is designated as neither unionist or nationalist, but 'Other'.
In May 2010 the Alliance Party won their first Westminster seat in a General Election, in ...
Alliance MLA Anna Lo has welcomed the launch of the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities manifesto for the upcoming Assembly election on 5th May. Anna was the first ethnic minority to be elected to the Assembly. Along with Anna, the Alliance Party has also selected Hannah Su to stand in Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the upcoming Assembly elections.
Anna Lo MLA said: "This manifesto highlights the disadvantages that ethnic minorities often face in Northern Ireland such as in education or employment.
"It is important to increase the level of participation amongst ethnic ...
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Alliance Youth Chair Conrad Dickson has criticized comments by the Employment and Learning Minister Sir Reg Empey that some young people not in employment, education or training were like 'vampires' as they get up late and stay up all night. He said Sir Reg Empey should apologise for his remarks.
Conrad Dickson said: "These comments by Sir Reg Empey clearly show how out of touch he is with young people today. What he said was a disgrace and he should apologise for his remarks..
"This was obviously Sir Reg's attempt to look tough but it has backfired and embarrassed him.
"It's ok for him to ...
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The leader of the Alliance party in Northern Ireland said he believes Stormont's power-sharing administration is mature enough to take responsibility for justice and policing affairs. David Ford told his party conference that the political reaction to recent murders showed that things have changed. Since 1972 Westminster, not Stormont, has appointed Northern Ireland's minister for Justice and Policing.The House of Commons has passed legislation to allow Stormont take charge. Following the recent murders of a PSNI officer and two British soldiers, all Northern Ireland's parties had a common ...
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violence in Belfast as the vote loomed – reaction This afternoon, I happened to be in Belfast City Centre as the protest on tution fees was taking place at the gates of Belfast City Hall. Earlier this evening as Northern Ireland Liberal Democrat Chair I issued a press release. I said: Whilst I support the students’ right to have their point heard, and indeed [...]
Anna Lo: an update… a rather liberal take on what I was saying A Pint of Unionist Lite has commented about a post of mine* about the reaction of Anna Lo MLA to the story from Fermanagh about Social Democratic and Labour Party Councillor John O’Kane’s comments on creating a centre ground grouping, I would like to confirm that I made my statements full in the knowledge that [...]
Violence and fire-lighting is not the way forward My thoughts and prayers are with all Alliance Party representative and their staff at this difficult time following the decision by Belfast City Council to fly the Union Flag on designated days. Reports are coming in this evening that a constituency office for Stewart Dickson MLA, the Alliance representative for East Antrim has been set [...]