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LGBT Labour officer David Mcnerlin says the issue of equality in our society is of fundamental importance to LGBT Labour Northern Ireland and to the Labour Party in Northern Ireland.  LGBT Labour NI will campaign on equality issues.  

LGBT Labour NI supports the Rainbow Project, which has expressed their disappointment that DUP Paul Givan MLA, with the support of the First Minister, launched his campaign to legalise discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual people.

The proposed legislation would grant special rights for people of religious belief, to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sex orientation. 

Mr Givan claims that his Bill will allow believers to deny goods and services to LGBT people when it promotes or facilitates same-sex relations. Let us explain to Mr Givan what this means.

  • Restaurants could deny a same-sex couple a table as this could be facilitating same-sex relations.

  • A mortgage provider could deny a mortgage to same-sex couple as it would be facilitating same-sex relations.

  • Hoteliers deny a room to a same-sex couple as it would be facilitating same-sex relations.

The examples are countless.  Mr Givan clearly has not considered the implications of his license to discriminate. Legislation ensuring LGBT people can access goods and services without discrimination is good for business, good for the economy and good for Northern Ireland’s reputation with investors.  The DUP are taking us backwards.

 

Spokesperson: David Mcnerlin     mcnerlind@yahoo.com.my     07554216728

Statement issued by LGBT Labour Northern Ireland

LGBT Labour officer David Mcnerlin says the issue of equality in our society is of fundamental importance to LGBT Labour Northern Ireland and to the Labour Party in Northern Ireland....

One of our long-standing and highly committed members and former member of the Executive Committee, Noel Adams, has died last week.

Noel Adams

Noel had been ill for a long time, but was still very active, always coming up to meetings on the Derry bus. When in good health he spent a lot of time canvassing for the Party in England.  In more recent years, he did a vast amount of work on the telephone, particularly around European funding, a subject he was quite an expert in. He was very generous with his time and knowledge, and was keen to share any information about ‘a wee bit of European funding’ with organisations and individuals who needed support.

The last time many of us saw him was at the Diversity Dinner two weeks ago, when we were all having a good time together.

A character in so many ways and a Labour member to the core, Noel will be greatly missed.

Our sincerest condolences go to Noel's siblings Kenneth, Robin, Alwyn and Vivien as well as other family members, friends and Trade Union comrades.

For those who want to pay their last respects to Noel, his funeral is in Glendermott Parish Church (near Altnagelvin hospital) on Tuesday 2nd Dec at 2.00pm.  Family flowers. Donations to Marie Curie.

Brendan McDaid paid a Tribute to Noel in the Derry Journal.

 

Noel Adams

One of our long-standing and highly committed members and former member of the Executive Committee, Noel Adams, has died last week.

“Tackling inequality is at the heart of Labour’s agenda for the whole of the UK.”
  (Ed Miliband MP)

“A relentless focus on tackling inequality is the only way to transform Northern Ireland’s vision of a shared future from a fine aspiration to an exciting new reality.”
 (Ivan Lewis MP)

 

On Wednesday 26th November Ivan Lewis MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, hosted the launch of the Heenan-Anderson Commission in the Assembly Buildings, Belfast.  He had announced the formation of such a commission at the Labour Party Conference in September.

 

Prof Deirdre Heenan

Prof Deirdre Heenan

 

Representatives of the Labour Party of Northern Ireland were amongst the guests listening to the speakers, such as the co-chairs of the commission, Professor Deirdre Heenan and advertising executive Colin Anderson OBE. The event was chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick, business journalist and former Economics Editor at BBC Northern Ireland.

 

LPNI members at the Heenan-Anderson launch

LPNI Secretary Boyd Black (with Martin Stroud and Kevin McAdam in the background)

 

In a very inspiring (and well-received) speech, Ivan Lewis MP talked about his passion for politics and how he wants to make a difference, especially for those people in Northern Ireland who have seen no peace dividend, have been left behind and have little hope of a better future. He described how they are trapped in an environment of low expectations rather than low aspirations.

 

 Ivan Lewis MP

Ivan Lewis MP

 

The Heenan-Anderson Commission is designed to be a ground-breaking attempt to tackle inequality in Northern Ireland, as a major barrier to a shared future. It will focus on the implications of a rebalanced economy between public and private sectors, but will also address issues like early childhood development and educational attainment.

Heenan-Anderson will report in the spring 2015 and help to frame the priorities for an incoming Labour Government, with a sharp focus on reducing inequality. Where policy responsibility is devolved Labour will identify how best practice can be shared and find opportunities to work together on innovation which will benefit not only Northern Ireland, but also the rest of the UK.  

The Labour Party in Northern Ireland is very excited about this opportunity and will make a submission to the Commission. We are encouraging our members to let us know their ideas and wishes as to what they want included in the submission.

 

More information:

http://www.heenan-anderson.org/

http://press.labour.org.uk/post/103632763419/labour-launches-heenan-anderson-commission-to

http://labourlist.org/2014/11/tackling-inequality-the-gateway-to-a-shared-future-in-northern-ireland/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30199558

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/26/northern-ireland-inequality-better-future

http://sluggerotoole.com/2014/11/26/heenan-anderson-commission-launches-with-appeal-for-ideas-to-tackle-economic-marginalisation-deprivation/

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/labour-review-targets-inequality-30776290.html

Launch of the Heenan-Anderson Independent Commission

“Tackling inequality is at the heart of Labour’s agenda for the whole of the UK.”  (Ed Miliband MP) “A relentless focus on tackling inequality is the only way to transform...

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