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The Labour Party in NI strongly condemns the recent racially motivated attacks on people living in Belfast.

Racially-motivated hate-crimes and racism have no place in our society and we commend the people of East Belfast for their support of Lithuanian woman Asta Samaliute yesterday, after her nail salon was set alight in an arson attack.

Sadly, she is not alone.  In less than eight months, the PSNI in Belfast have recorded a 43% increase in racist hate crimes.
 
The LPNI believe in a shared society and culture - our approach is based on the Labour values of social justice, equality of opportunity, and rights matched with responsibilities.  We demand a future free from hate crimes - whether racist, directed against women, homophobic, transphobic, sectarian, or against people who are disabled.
 
For more information, contact our Ethnic Minority Officer, Bikash Chudal on labourpartyni@gmail.com

Labour Party in Northern Ireland statement on recent racially-motivated attacks in Belfast

The Labour Party in NI strongly condemns the recent racially motivated attacks on people living in Belfast.

We’ve been repeatedly asked what the difference between us and Labour’s ‘sister party’, the SDLP, is in the coming elections.

Two things spring to mind:

Abortion

Northern Ireland's Department of Justice (DoJ) recently consulted the public on proposals to change the law.

The DoJ recommended allowing abortion in lethal abnormality cases but did not make recommendations for rape cases.

The SDLP opposes changing the law to allow abortion in cases where women have been raped or are carrying a foetus with a lethal abnormality.

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said he is not persuaded of the need to change the abortion law in either case.

"The SDLP is unequivocally opposed to abortion, even in those particular circumstances because basically, the predictions in those circumstances are never accurate," he said.

"Nobody can predict that a foetus is not viable, and that's the problem, and as a GP, I'm fully aware.

"I have seen situations where termination or an abortion was recommended to somebody because a foetus that had this, that or the other thing, and that foetus grew up to be a perfectly normal child."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-31066157

 

The Labour Party in Northern Ireland is a pro-choice party.

 

General Election 2015:

Alisdair McDonnell on BBC Radio 4 The World This Weekend 29/3/2015

Presented by Mark Mardell

MM: “When everybody is talking about a Hung Parliament, you presumably would support Labour?”

A McD: “We will take stock and certainly we will be having discussions with Labour and while we might have a tilt in that direction, Ed Miliband should not take us for granted.”

MM:  “Would you ever support David Cameron?”

A McD:  “Well, I couldn’t see any circumstances in which we would support a Conservative Government, because they have not treated us well here, and they particularly have not treated the SDLP well.”

MM: “So Ed Miliband can take you for granted?”

A McD:  “Ed Miliband cannot take us for granted, though we will have discussions, we may not vote for either, we are quite free to opt out, we are quite free to vote against both.”

MM:  “Who will make the better Prime Minster?”

A McD:  “We will see who gets the numbers on election day. You know, you can’t speculate we know what David Cameron is, we don’t know what Ed Miliband is.”

MM Q: “So you are not willing to say Ed Miliband would be the better Prime Minister?”

A McD:  “Well, you know, on balance, on margins, if you are pushing me to the test, I am not going to commit and make the decision now as to what we do on the 8th, or 9th or 10th or 19th of May, but we have an affinity with Labour, but it’s not, we are not chained to Labour, we don’t have leg irons on us. We have an affinity with Labour, but that is not an affinity that can be taken for granted.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nsd28

 

The Labour Party in Northern Ireland is a CLP of the Labour Party. Despite our differences about standing Labour candidates in Northern Ireland, we fully support Ed Miliband, and work towards a Labour majority.

Policy positions of Labour's 'sister' party

We’ve been repeatedly asked what the difference between us and Labour’s ‘sister party’, the SDLP, is in the coming elections. Two things spring to mind:

Was it the looming prospect of corporation tax cuts that prompted Sinn Fein to do its U-turn last week?

Parties in the Stormont Executive have little alternative but to go along with the Tory-led austerity agenda - that is the realpolitik of devolution and the block grant.

This is not a problem for the DUP, who are fully signed up to the neo-liberal agenda of the coalition.

It believes that the Northern Ireland public sector is too large and is relatively comfortable with severe retrenchment.

It has naively put its faith in corporation tax cuts and further public sector cuts to generate private sector expansion.

The price of ministerial office for Sinn Fein was an acceptance that spending would be limited by the block grant.

Likewise with the Tory-imposed welfare cuts.

Any topping-up would have to be funded out of the block grant.

Welfare cuts can only be offset at the cost of additional cuts to education and other services, as Minister John O'Dowd has discovered.

Meanwhile, as the Northern Ireland committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions mobilises the trade unions and civic society against these cuts and challenges Sinn Fein at its base, the far Left in the Republic is causing Sinn Fein electoral difficulties over the party's double standards on austerity, north and south.

The reality that the Corporation Tax Bill, with its massive impact on the block grant, will be passed tomorrow must have finally hit home.

The realisation may have dawned that, in pursuit of a symbolic, harmonised corporation tax-rate, the party had been lured into a neo-liberal spider's web that threatened to strangle them - and the rest of us.

Corporation tax cuts, welfare cuts and public sector cuts are all inextricably linked.

Did the prospect, following inevitably from corporation tax cuts, of a further £325m per year in additional cuts in the block grant, with their associated redundancies, finally cause the worm to turn?

 

Boyd Black

Secretary, Labour Party in Northern Ireland

 

This article was first published in the Belfast Telegraph on 17 March 2015

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/debateni/blogs/sinn-fein-double-standards-exposed-31064943.html

 

Sinn Fein double standards exposed

Was it the looming prospect of corporation tax cuts that prompted Sinn Fein to do its U-turn last week?

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