Labour Party in Northern Ireland
The Labour Party in Northern Ireland (LPNI) is the regional section of the UK Labour Party that operates in Northern Ireland. The Labour Party is not a registered political party in Northern Ireland and does not currently contest elections.
|Vice Chair||Damien Harris|
|Youth wing||Young Labour Northern Ireland|
|Membership||2,000 [Note 1]|
|European affiliation||Party of European Socialists|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance,
Socialist International (Observer)
|European Parliament group||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats|
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In the 2016 Assembly elections, eight members of the party ran for election under the name of the Northern Ireland Labour Representation Committee, as the Labour Party NEC had refused to allow candidates to stand as official Labour Party candidates.
For many years the UK Labour Party held to a policy of not allowing residents of Northern Ireland to apply for membership, instead supporting the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) which informally takes the Labour whip in the House of Commons.
The 2003 Labour Party Conference accepted legal advice that the party could not continue to prohibit residents of the province joining, and whilst the National Executive Committee has established a regional constituency party it has not yet agreed to contest elections there.
Labour Representation CommitteeEdit
In December 2015 the LPNI's executive committee voted to contest elections in Northern Ireland. In the run-up to the 2016 Assembly elections, local members registered a new party, the Northern Ireland Labour Representation Committee, with the Electoral Commission recognising them in April 2016. The party's constitution has a clause stating that it will disband once Labour lifts the ban on contesting elections in Northern Ireland. The new party's leader is journalist and author Kathryn Johnston. Several former members of the Northern Ireland Labour Party hold membership, including Erskine Holmes and Douglas McIldoon. Eight candidates ran under the label, despite the Labour Party warning Northern Irish Labour party members that they could face expulsion from the party for standing as candidates, as Labour party members who support a political organisation outside the Labour group can be expelled.
Johnston highlighted policy differences with the SDLP, including Labour's position on abortion, same-sex marriage and support for an integrated and secular education system. The move to stand in elections was assisted by former Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay.
They stood one candidate each in eight of the eighteen constituencies in the 2016 Assembly elections. They won no seats, with candidates obtaining between 0.2% and 0.7% of the first preference votes. They did not stand in the 2017 Assembly elections.
In May 2017 a member of the executive of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland wrote to the Labour party threatening legal action should the party continue to refuse to allow LPNI members to stand for election in Northern Ireland.
2016 UK Labour leadership electionEdit
Membership and trade union affiliationEdit
As of September 2017 it was recorded that 37,000 Northern Irish trade union members have opted-in to pay the political levy their trade union offers which largely goes to the Labour Party. Additionally the party in the area has over 2,000 members and 1,000 registered supporters.
NILRC electoral resultsEdit
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|NI Labour||Kathryn Johnston||8||-||1,577||0.2%||N/A|
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