Monday, February 23, 2009

Labour stops being a British-only party

Another fantastic step for the politics of Northern Ireland took place today. The Labour Party has formally organised at last. (Belfast Telegraph: Labour Party to become official party in Northern Ireland) Congratulations to all those who have campaigned and argued for this over the years, finally overcoming the resistance there has been in the party. Now the Labour URL,, is finally accurate.

Some of you might be surprised that a Conservative is so welcoming of a new rival party. I will not deny that in part this only helps Conservatives who wish to move the politics of Northern Ireland onto a traditional right-left axis by providing the left of it. But I have also long felt that proper organisation of the main parties can only help the politics of the province. If that means a few extra seats go Labour then that's a price worth paying.

Of course it will be a while before the party stands - the members are cautious about the next general election and clashing with the SDLP. I have a suspicion that this will only prove a temporary issue.


Anonymous said...

Hi Tim,

It's Mike Law and this is NOT a comment for posting on your blog.

The article from the recorder Neil referred to is the following (from the front page of the 17 October 2007 edition of the paper:

My letter of response is here:

I'll still try to get it in PDF.


Manfarang said...

Don't hold your breath, the British Labour Party isn't going to waste time and money in NI unlike the UCUNF.
The UUP Westminster MP is closer to new Labour.It will be interesting to hear what she has to say about recent events.


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