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Press Release from the Labour Party in Northern Ireland 19.05.15
 
The Labour Party in Northern Ireland welcomes the judgement in the Asher’s Bakery Company case, which ruled today that the bakery unlawfully discriminated on the grounds of sexual orientation and political beliefs.

The Court’s decision confirms the legal responsibilities on all service providers not to discriminate against their customers on grounds of sexual orientation, religious belief and political opinion, but to provide service to all.
 
The Labour Party has always been promoting equality in our society, and will continue to campaign on equality issues.
 
For more information, please contact our LGBT officer David McNerlin on mcnerlind@yahoo.com.my  or  07554216728

Asher’s Baking Company Case

Press Release from the Labour Party in Northern Ireland 19.05.15   The Labour Party in Northern Ireland welcomes the judgement in the Asher’s Bakery Company case, which ruled today that...

Press statement issued by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland (LPNI) in support of Andy Burnham's Labour Party leadership bid.

Friday 15.05.15 at 10.00am.

Spokesperson: Boyd Black 07715045985

'At a meeting last night, the Executive Committee of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland CLP) unanimously endorsed the candidature of Andy Burnham MP for the Leadership of the Labour Party.

The EC noted in particular, his ability to connect with the broader electorate; his passion for the NHS, and his brave stand on behalf of the Hillsborough victims. In addition, he has loyally maintained his support for Northern Ireland CLP's campaign to stand Labour Party candidates in elections here.'

 

Northern Ireland CLP Supports Andy Burnham MP

Press statement issued by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland (LPNI) in support of Andy Burnham's Labour Party leadership bid.

When Labour Party NI (LPNI) members arrived home after the count in the City of Chester constituency, our predominant emotion was one of disappointment at the prospect of five years of an untrammelled Tory government.

This was somewhat offset by the satisfaction that we had contributed in no small way to the victory of the Labour candidate, Chris Matheson, in Chester.

LPNI had been twinned with the City of Chester constituency and we sent a strong team of members over on a number of occasions to help. Chris - an excellent candidate - won the seat by only 80 votes, after a recount.

We believe Northern Ireland members made a difference. We won the seat for Labour. But there were not enough Chesters for Labour. And why not?

The leadership of the party is critical. We saw at close hand that Ed Miliband was woefully inadequate and out of his depth when it came to Northern Ireland.

He was less popular in Scotland than even David Cameron and the threat of a Labour/SNP alliance helped spook the English electorate into voting Tory.

Critically, in my view, Ed never inspired confidence that he could handle the economy. This dates back to the period leading up to the crash, when Gordon Brown, Ed Balls and Ed Miliband subjected economic decisions to the political imperative of winning Gordon Brown the premiership.

As a result, no matter that Labour had many good policies to address the cost of living crisis and much else, the general public know that economic competence and a thriving business sector is really what determines living standards. There was no convincing overall Labour message. A new leader must address these issues.

We want a cast-iron commitment that Labour will stop suppressing Labour Party candidates here and commit to transforming our politics as only it can do.

It must stop "honest-brokering" sectarianism and, instead, lead the fight against sectarianism here on the basis of Labour values.

The new leader must also address the linked issues of devolution and party organisation in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

And, with a referendum on the cards, he, or she, can no longer postpone the issue of Europe.

 

Boyd Black

Secretary, Labour Party in Northern Ireland

 

This article was first published in the Belfast Telegraph on 13 May 2015

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/economy-lost-labour-the-election-31216956.html

 

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