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Opinion: Alliance holds firm against intimidation

We are now just over a week on from the infamous flag vote at Belfast City Council and whilst it is now clear that the Alliance Party will emerge from this with its credibility and reputation greatly enhanced it has come at an enormous cost to its elected members, officers and activists who have been put under intolerable pressure. Now we know what mob rule looks like. If Northern Ireland was a normal society rival politicians would have by now put differences aside and be standing shoulder to shoulder with Alliance in a united front on the side of democracy …

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The General Election campaign in Mid-Ulster

To be honest I love going on the stump, all of it! Even though you know it is going to be a very hard campaign. There are none harder than campaigning for a liberal party in the deeply polarised area West of the Bann. The hardest bit is getting started – Knowing that whatever you do, however hard you fight, however good your arguments or your candidates, you are going to lose and lose very big.

The street pounding, the leafleting, the phone calls, the “grip and grin”, the talking, talking, talking, persuasion, persuasion, persuasion, cajoling, joling, joling, joling.

The campaign begins so long before the date that the election is called and yet, yet, yet…

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Belfast’s new Lord Mayor is from the Alliance

With the polls closed and the first results awaited, here is some cheery news from our sister party in Northern Ireland:

Naomi Long of the Alliance Party is the new lord mayor of Belfast.

The east Belfast councillor defeated the DUP’s William Humphrey by 26 votes to 24 in a vote at a council meeting on Monday afternoon.

She takes over from Sinn Fein’s Tom Hartley and is the first woman to hold the post for nearly 30 years.

The 37-year-old is the deputy leader of the Alliance Party and represents the Victoria ward. She has been a member of Belfast City

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  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 29th Jul - 11:36pm
    Good post from a great 'old school' liberal. We have a lot to learn from his constant, reasonable, and reliable, promotion of liberal values.
  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 29th Jul - 11:09pm
    Franke Booth : I suspect that we have just got better at signing up members rather than leaving them as supporters. I note that membership...
  • User AvatarErnstRemarx 29th Jul - 11:08pm
    "The big reason our rivals have so much money is that they get involountary donations taken from the pockets of Shareholders & Union members." All...
  • User AvatarFrank Booth 29th Jul - 9:42pm
    Paul Barker - I believe union members can opt out if they wish. On corporate donations, what do we actually know? Are there actually British...
  • User AvatarFrank Booth 29th Jul - 9:33pm
    Interesting that the membership is up. Does this tend to happen before general elections?And what is the profile of the new members? Old members who...
  • User AvatarPeter 29th Jul - 9:20pm
    Nick Tregoning. I think you owe someone an apology, perhaps your leader? Remember that Clegg thought it was 50% 11 years ago, so 75% today...