Northern Ireland

Last Word: The easy bit done

Robert Philpot  |  8 December 2017

This morning’s deal only goes to show that everything about the relatively simple bit of the wrong-minded Brexit negotiations has so far been handled badly by the government, writes Robert Philpot Perhaps the key words uttered about this morning’s deal between Britain and the European Union were spoken by Donald Tusk. ‘So much time has …

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Labour cannot sit on its hands

Charlotte Norton  |  12 October 2017

There is an appetite for change on abortion rights in Northern Ireland. Labour must offer its support to the women fighting to make that change happen, writes Charlotte Norton The law that covers abortion in Northern Ireland is the 1861 Offences Against the Persons Act. Under that law, women who have, or attempt, an abortion can …

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Building a programme for government

Sam Alvis  |  14 September 2017

As conference season approaches, Labour must be willing to move past opposition for opposition’s sake and learn to embrace ideas that work – wherever they come from, argues Sam Alvis The problems facing Britain in 2017 need radical policy solutions. Something the left with its aspiration and value-based approach is well-placed to provide. But radical …

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The Last Word: Correcting a historic injustice

Richard Angell  |  30 June 2017

A big win for Stella Creasy, fighting for single market membership, cracks in Labour’s newfound unity, and a thank you – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I am proud to know Stella Creasy on most days, but yesterday she showed politics and our movement at its best. She spoke with power …

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Stormont, Northern Ireland

Stormy times

Adrianne Peltz  |  4 April 2017

Unionists have lost their Stormont majority for the first time as uncertainty grows, writes Adrianne Peltz Last month saw voters in Northern Ireland return to the ballot boxes for the second assembly elections in the space of just 10 months. Northern Ireland’s democracy has a reputation for being difficult to explain to outsiders – as the media …

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Stormont, Northern Ireland

The death of devolution?

Barry Turley  |  12 January 2017

Many nationalists have come to the conclusion that devolution does not work and that remaining within the UK holds no appeal, writes Barry Turley I have spent my whole adult life working within and around the Northern Ireland peace process. Since the mid 1990’s I have been privileged to have a close view of the momentous …

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Britain is more than just its past

Rachael Saunders  |  31 October 2016

I really welcome the debate that has been led by John Denham and others, about Englishness and national identity. I am proud of where I am from, and I am about an English as it is possible to be. My grandparents were from Barnsley, Manchester, Warrington and London. I am also classically English in that if …

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Stormont, Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland elephant in the room

Peter Hain  |  15 June 2016

While Brexiteers bury their heads in the sand over the consequences of leaving for the island of Ireland, important voices insist these could be very serious. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is visiting Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow at the end of this week to urge both half a million-plus Irish people in Britain, and voters in …

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A vote to remain is best for Northern Ireland

Alasdair McDonnell MP  |  17 March 2016

Membership of the European Union has been hugely beneficial for Northern Ireland and critical in helping the transformation that our society has undergone since 1998. The SDLP is firmly and unambiguously campaigning for a vote to remain in the EU in the critical referendum vote, now fewer than 100 days away. We in Northern Ireland …

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Three lessons learned about Ireland, Brexit and referendums

Pat McFadden MP  |  28 January 2016

I have recently returned from a short trip to Dublin where I had been invited to speak to the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin about Brexit and what the consequences could be for the British-Irish relationship. There are three main things I learned on the trip. 1. Ireland is worried about Brexit …

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