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A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party: Democratic Socialism and Sectarianism

Aaron Edwards


This is a definitive history of the Northern Ireland Labour Party (NILP), a unique political force that drew its support from Protestants and Catholics and became electorally viable despite deep-seated ethnic, religious and national divisions. Formed in 1924 and disbanded in 1987, it succeeded in returning several of its members to the locally based Northern Ireland parliament in 1925–29 and 1958–72, and polled some 100,000 votes in the 1964 and 1970 British general elections. Despite its political successes, the NILP's significance has been downplayed by historians, partly because of the lack ... More

Keywords: NILP, Protestants, Catholics, Northern Ireland parliament, British general elections, sectarian conflict, political party, political history, Northern Ireland, national divisions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719078743
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Edwards, author