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A History of the Northern Ireland Labour PartyDemocratic Socialism and Sectarianism$
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Aaron Edwards

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078743

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078743.001.0001

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Squeezing the moderates, 1975–87

Squeezing the moderates, 1975–87

(p.214) 7 Squeezing the moderates, 1975–87
A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party

Aaron Edwards

Manchester University Press

The Northern Ireland Labour Party's (NILP) Constitutional Convention manifesto made clear the party's belief in the British connection. It advocated a strong local Executive presiding over departmental committees in which Protestants and Catholics would ‘share responsibility’. The relations between the NILP and British Labour Party (BLP) deteriorated to an all-time low in the years immediately following the Ulster Workers' Council (UWC) strike. By the mid-1970s the NILP's political fortunes had taken a dramatic downswing. The Campaign for Labour Representation (CLR) consistently lobbied the BLP to organise in Northern Ireland. The final years of NILP are elaborated. Even though the NILP did not officially wind up its operations until as late as 1987, it had effectively ceased to exist with every new plume of smoke that bellowed over the Belfast skyline in the 1970s.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland Labour Party, Constitutional Convention, Protestants, Catholics, British Labour Party, Ulster Workers' Council, Campaign for Labour Representation

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