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Press statement issued by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland on the DETI cuts to local festivals. 24.10.14.

The Labour Party in Northern Ireland has called on the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) to reverse the cuts made to local festivals.

Declaring support for the LightsOutNI campaign, Party spokesperson, Boyd Black condemned the decision as short-sighted and counterproductive.

“This cut, which was announced without consultation, affects over 60 events which draw support from all sections of the community and which not only benefit local people, but attract tourists and investors into Northern Ireland.  As each event has to show that it generates at least three times the grant in income, the effect of this cut will be even greater than first appears, both in terms of jobs and of its effect on the wider economy.

Events threatened include the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the North West 200, Culture Night, and the Ulster Grand Prix, and all parts of Northern Ireland are hit. 

We urge the public to support the LightsOutNI campaign by liking their Facebook page, and by lobbying in support of reversing this foolish cut”

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DETI cuts to local festivals

Press statement issued by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland on the DETI cuts to local festivals. 24.10.14.

PRESS RELEASE

The Labour Party in Northern Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of LGBT Labour Northern Ireland this Saturday 11 October 2014 in the Holiday Inn Express, 106 University Street Belfast.  

Speakers include Stephen Twigg MP, Bev Craig, National co-chair of LGBT Labour, Malachi O'Hara of the Rainbow Project, Jody Rogerson of USDAW, and Jennifer Clifford of Trans Derry.  There will be a series of workshops on an Equality Act, transgender issues, marriage equality and LGBT Asylum seekers.  The programme can be downloaded from this link.

All are welcome and further details are available at Launch of LGBT Labour Northern Ireland. Any queries from editors should be sent to the Labour Party in Northern Ireland at labourpartyni@gmail.com.

 

NOTE FOR EDITORS:

Stephen Twigg MP is currently Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby.  He was first elected to the House of Commons for Labour in 1997, when he won Michael Portillo's seat as the first openly gay man standing for election.

Bev Craig is the National Co Chair of Labour LGBT and is a Labour councillor for the Burnage ward on Greater Manchester Council.  She is originally from Northern Ireland and returns frequently.

Jody Rogerson has been working for Tesco in NI for the last 9 years.  At the age of 26, she has been an Usdaw member for 9 years, an Usdaw rep for 3 and in the last two years she has become an active equalities representative and has spoken on LGBT rights at Usdaw divisional conference where she received resounding support from the trade union and continues to do so.

Jennifer Clifford is a member of Trans Derry, a support group for transgender people in Derry supported by The Rainbow Project.

 

LGBT Labour Northern Ireland is part of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland.  It is also part of the wider Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in the Labour Party, and of LGBT Labour, which is a socialist society affiliated to the Labour Party.

Their purpose is to campaign within the Labour Party and wider labour movement to promote the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities, as well as to encourage members of the LGBT community to support the Labour Party. 

Launch of LGBT Labour Northern Ireland Saturday 11 October 2014

PRESS RELEASE The Labour Party in Northern Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of LGBT Labour Northern Ireland this Saturday 11 October 2014 in the Holiday Inn Express, 106 University...

Friends,

we’d like to ask you to join the Labour Party in Northern Ireland.

The hopes and aspirations of young people continue to face an unprecedented assault from this Tory-led Government and the ambivalence of the Assembly.  If you study elsewhere you will face sky high fees.  If you want to stay there might not be a place for you at uni, and less hope for future jobs.

Instead of giving a helping hand to young people who wish to get on, the Tory plans and Assembly bickering and inaction are kicking away the ladders of opportunity for the next generation.

Labour is is leading the fight against this 'do little' attitude.  We understand the hopes and aspirations of young people in a modern society and are determined to stand up for the next generation.

You have never been able to vote Labour here - but we keep on fighting to change that in Northern Ireland. This is your chance to help us make this happen.

The Labour Party’s greatest asset is our members and joining the Labour Party is now more important than ever. They are the driving force of everything we do; the root of all our activity.  There are many different ways to get involved with our party – from helping to shape Labour policy, to campaigning locally and attending local social events, to canvassing in marginal seats for the General Election. You may even get elected to a role within the party and lead our rise toward elections. We also send a Youth Delegate to the annual Labour Party Conference, where we run one of the many fringe events. We are just back from Conference, where we ran a very successful event, ‘The Equality Agenda: Give us our Rights!’

To ensure that finance is never a barrier to getting involved you can join today for only £1.

We are at our strongest when we have a big, diverse and passionate membership who will do all they can to combat unfairness and injustice wherever they see it. This is your opportunity to influence the political process, to have your say and to influence the future direction of our Party, Northern Ireland and the country as a whole.

However you choose to get involved, I know that our Party is stronger with you on our side – we need your ideas, your input, your enthusiasm.

We  would be delighted if you chose to join us today.

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Open Letter to all Students

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