Continuing our series on the key contests in each region and nation.
Posts Tagged: Alliance Party
The general election may have put the latest crisis on hold, but the dominance of Stormont’s ‘big two’ will keep causing problems.
The DUP, UUP, and SDLP all have seats they could lose in the right circumstances. Sinn Fein probably don’t.
They’ve fumbled a strong unionist position into a serious setback. Let it at least provoke a long-overdue shake-up in capital-U Unionist thinking.
Also: Merkel ally threatens ‘divide and rule’ approach to Ulster; SNP put far-right extremist on candidates list; Labour expel members fighting Northern Irish election; and more.
Yes, it’s a regional party. But the EU referendum was a UK-wide vote, so of course it bought ads in Edinburgh and London.
Also: Labour slumps to lowest levels in Welsh polls since last days of Brown’s premiership; and Scottish Tories accuse SNP of a ‘wasted decade’.
The referendum is a truly national political event, and how the Home Nations vote will shape not only the outcome on the night but its impact on the UK afterwards.
Also: Villiers dismisses Sinn Fein call for border poll; Labour and Plaid strike deal to re-select Jones as First Minister; ex-SNP minister claims Lockerbie bomber release was bid for powers; and more.
Also: Senior Plaid AM refuses to rule out Conservative pact; Villiers pressed for historical investigations cash; Labour try to pressure SNP with tax pledge; Welsh UKIP in turmoil; and more.
Six months on from the general election, a candidate in next year’s Assembly elections reports what he learned about campaigning in Ulster.
Also: Jones engulfed by transparency row; SDLP face leadership challenge; Carmichael faces election court; and UKIP brace for Welsh success.
The province’s institutions are in critical condition because sharing power has totally failed to forge a sense of common purpose between unionists and nationalists.
The general election saw nationalism fall back as unionism recaptured two seats and fall just short of decapitating the SDLP in Belfast.
The need to fight separately in the campaign has not hardened Tory hearts against a second coalition with Nick Clegg’s party.