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If you are in Brighton for Labour Conference, you'd want to put our Conference Fringe event in your diary. Not to be missed!

 

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Northern Ireland:  What next?

Roberta Blackman-Woods MP     Kathryn Johnson NI CLP     Kevin McAdam (Unite)     
Boyd Black NI CLP

 

Tuesday,  September 29th, 2015.   5.45-7.45pm

                                

Lowy Suite     Best Western Hotel     143-8  King’s Road, Brighton

 

NI CLP  19 Church Road, Belfast  BT8 7AL.  Mob: 07715045985.  labourpartyni@gmail.com   @LabourPartyNI    

 

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Our Conference Fringe Event 2015

If you are in Brighton for Labour Conference, you'd want to put our Conference Fringe event in your diary. Not to be missed!  

ANDY BURNHAM

As the campaign for the Labour leadership enters its final phase, it is very clear that a choice of direction stares us in the face.

We can either grasp the opportunity of creating a united, progressive party capable of energising and convincing the UK population that there is a better future for the country and all its people under Labour, or we can slide backwards into a self serving, anachronistic, political wilderness.

I am proud of my family roots in the North of Ireland and, growing up in Liverpool, the strong connection between that city and Ireland was ever present. I’m also proud that another Liverpool man, Jim Larkin, founded the Irish Labour Party in 1912.

For people in Northern Ireland, the prospect of another five years of Tory-imposed austerity must be extremely worrying. I believe that we can build a credible economic alternative to the Tories. An alternative approach based on a high-wage, high-skill economy; an economy that drives growth through a new industrial strategy and where trade unions are recognised as partners, not enemies, by government.

I also believe in a truly comprehensive education system with opportunity for every child that isn't determined by the postcode of the bed they are born in. The continued existence of selective education in Northern Ireland is opposed by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland and, as Leader, they will have my full support in campaigning against it.

The whole area of sexual and gender rights in Northern Ireland needs to take a major step forward. I know Labour Party members are at the forefront of the campaigning in the province and again they have my support. I have been highly critical in Parliament of Jeremy Hunt for his refusal to support equality across the UK in respect of blood donation from gay men and, as Leader, I will use every opportunity to press the Tory Government on these fundamental issues of equality and rights.

As Leader, all of my energy and commitment will be devoted to making sure that the Labour Party is fully prepared and capable of winning the 2020 General Election. We can do so on true Labour values and with bold Labour policies, but we must be seen as a credible Party of government and we must rebuild trust on the economy.

I am a long term supporter of the principle that the members of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland should have the right to decide when and where they want to stand candidates in elections. If those members decide that at election time the people of Northern Ireland need a socialist, non-sectarian party to vote for, a party that can appeal to people of all classes and to people of all faiths or none, then we should not stand in their way. If elected Leader, I will support an immediate review of the current prohibition on Labour Party candidates and will seek the views of the Irish Labour Party and others, as to how best we can assist the very many Labour Party members and supporters in Northern Ireland.

The uncomfortable truth is that too many people look at our Party and see an out of touch Westminster elite. Unless we have a Leader who can reconnect our Party with the people whose trust we’ve lost, we won't be implementing any of our policies - because nobody will be listening to what we have to offer. I want the people of Northern Ireland to make their voices heard in the Labour Party and if I am elected Leader, I’ll ensure that the Party is listening.

 

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BURNHAM: ‘I want the people of Northern Ireland to make their voices heard in the Labour Party’

ANDY BURNHAM As the campaign for the Labour leadership enters its final phase, it is very clear that a choice of direction stares us in the face.

A technical blip which led Labour supporters in Northern Ireland to believe they could not vote in the forthcoming leadership race has been fixed.

Labour members here have been able to register to vote in the leadership election, but those trying to register as a supporter in order to vote had been told they were not eligible.

A Labour Party spokesman explained the situation as being due to slight differences in the electoral register in Northern Ireland, compared to the equivalent in England, Scotland and Wales.

Supporters in Britain were able to register their details with the Labour Party IT system which automatically checked their details with the electoral register.

The system was not able to connect with the Northern Ireland version, so now all applications are being checked manually.

Brigitte Anton, Vice Chair Membership of Labour in Northern Ireland, said she has received a number of complaints from people.

She said it was the latest incident which felt like a slight to Labour supporters here.

"It is just another thing that is so typical for us as Labour supporters in Northern Ireland, feeling unequal or rejected," she said.

"Many people in Northern Ireland are particularly interested because Andy Burnham has spoken about running candidates here."

A Labour Party spokesperson said: "All applications to join the Labour Party as a member or supporter are verified against the electoral register.

"If an applicant is on the electoral register in Northern Ireland and passes Labour's verification process, then they will be able to have their say."

 

This article by Rebecca Black was first published in the Belfast Telegraph on 6 August 2015

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/labour-it-glitch-over-leadership-race-fixed-31430888.html

Labour IT glitch over leadership race fixed

A technical blip which led Labour supporters in Northern Ireland to believe they could not vote in the forthcoming leadership race has been fixed.

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