We are the only cross-community, left / left of centre, socially liberal, trade union-affiliated political party in Northern Ireland. We have tens of thousands of fee-paying members and levy-paying affiliates. Yet NI is the only part of the UK where the Labour Party denies its members the Right 2 Stand in elections and the opportunity for NI to vote for Labour policies and values.
We are only allowed a single NI-wide CLP covering 18 parliamentary constituencies. We take part in all internal party elections, have a representative on the National Policy Forum and send delegates to party conference and women’s conference. We pay full membership fees and we campaign across the UK to elect a Labour government.
Despite all of this, the Labour Party NEC continues to refuse us the right to stand Labour Party candidates in NI at elections for local council, Stormont or Westminster.
Our members are tired of the same old sectarian headcount. We don’t feel represented by the other Northern Irish parties on issues such as reproductive rights, equal marriage and economic policy.
We are Labour. We want to vote Labour. Help us make that happen.
Check out why we need the Right 2 Stand for NI people, for trade unions and for the Labour Party.