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Many congratulations to Naomi Long and the Alliance party in Northern Ireland – elected by STV!


Many congratulations to Naomi Long on a stunning win in Northern Ireland for our sister party, the Alliance. Naomi, who is the leader of the Alliance party, a former MP and Lord Mayor of Belfast, becomes the Alliance party’s first MEP.

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Great result for Alliance as majority of Northern Ireland votes against Brexit

The Northern Ireland election results are now  in and they show some very encouraging trends for those of us with a liberal outlook. Our sister party, the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, won 8 seats and got its highest vote share in 28 years. Although their number of seats stays the same at 8, in an Assembly that is 18 seats smaller, that is a major achievement. It also increased its first preference vote share by over 2%.

Voters also sent a message that they were opposed to Brexit with the biggest losers being the unionist parties, who lost 16 of the 18 seats. The DUP famously gave more than £400,000 to the Leave campaign. The impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland, particularly on the border with the Irish Republic, would be devastating as Nick Clegg wrote recently.

On her Facebook page, Alliance leader Naomi Long summed up a good night for the party:

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Congratulations to David Ford

Congratulations go from all at the Voice to David Ford, the leader of Alliance, the Northern Ireland sister party of the Liberal Democrats. The Northern Irish Assembly has voted David in as Justice Minister as other parties failed to find cross-community support.

The BBC reports

Before appointing a new minister, MLAs passed a vote to increase the number of devolved ministries at Stormont, to include the new Department of Justice.

Mr Ford will be in charge of the department with more than 4,000 employees and a budget of nearly £1.5bn.

He is the first Northern Ireland Justice minister since Westminster took policing

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  • User AvatarPeter Martin 21st Oct - 2:15pm
    @ Richard Underhill, You're right to point out I have credited Donald Tusk with too much say in the decision making process. I should have...
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    @ Arnold Kiel, I'd like some more detailed references for the source of your numbers. I seem to remember we have had this discussion before....
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 21st Oct - 1:34pm
    Great to see Jo appointing, as Shadow Justice Secretary, an MP who's previously advocated forced hard labour for those convicted of minor crimes (along with,...
  • User AvatarWilliam 21st Oct - 1:31pm
    Wow, that's quite the insult to the members who left over the handling of Lee's defection to the party. https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/09/04/lgbt-liberal-democrats-phillip-lee-jennie-rigg/
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    The question for Labour MPs is in my view not what is written in a Johnson-deal, but whether to allow one to pass, irrespective of...
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    I hope my old friend William is willing to concede the social liberal tradition in the party would have been stronger (and my other old...