The Labour Party should stand candidates in Northern Ireland elections
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The Labour Party in Northern Ireland has over 1000 members and over 600 registered supporters. As a Constituency Labour Party of UK Labour, we meet regularly, decide on policies, campaign on issues, send delegates to conference, and can vote in the party's leadership election, but are unable to vote for Labour Party candidates in any election: local, General, European or Stormont Assembly.
The Labour Party's National Executive Committee refuses us the right to stand candidates.
This is a gross denial of our basic democratic political rights. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement Northern Ireland is part of the UK. The Labour Party campaigns to govern us in General Elections and yet we are denied the right to vote Labour.
Northern Ireland voters are effectively disenfranchised.
We are forced to vote for local ethno-sectarian parties in the absence of a Labour Party alternative. Sectarianism is exacerbated.
This is still happening in this new era of straight talking, honest politics.
If you believe that “there should be no ‘no-go’ areas for Labour” sign this petition today to give the people in Northern Ireland the right to vote for the Labour Party!
If you are an elected representative please use your prefix or suffix as this will help us understand where in the PLP, NEC and LGA Labour Group we have support.
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