ENG: Dr Alasdair McDonnell (born 1 September 1949) is an Irish politician, deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party and both a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and a Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Belfast.
McDonnell was born in Cushendall, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. A family doctor in Belfast for over thirty years, Alasdair McDonnell grew up as the eldest child in a large farming family in Glenariff, near Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim, and attended medical school at University College Dublin, graduating in 1974.
McDonnell's first involvement with politics came when he joined the National Democrats and stood as the party candidate in the 1970 election in North Antrim, losing to Ian Paisley.
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As the weather takes a bitterly cold turn SDLP Economy Spokesperson Alasdair McDonnell MP has said the Executive has a new ready-made answer to easing the fuel poverty crisis and save people’s lives and he’s urging the public to lobby government to make it happen.
The South Belfast MP said that if the First and Deputy First Minister are serious about addressing crippling issues of poverty in disadvantaged areas then it should direct a substantial amount of resources in its new Social Investment and Protection Funds towards combating fuel ...
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South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell has launched his campaign to become leader of the SDLP.
It comes after Margaret Ritchie announced she was stepping down last month, with the intention of focusing instead on her South Down constituency.
Mr McDonnell, who is one of four candidates vying to take over the top job, says his main message is that the SDLP needs radical change and reorganisation.
"We are going to have to cut a new deal, or perhaps a series of new deals, in London, Dublin and here in Belfast as well," he said, unveiling his manifesto.
"This is the job for the SDLP. A ...
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SDLP leadership candidate Dr Alasdair McDonnell will today issue his party colleagues with a stark message - change or die.
He warned that the party "can change the way we work or we can disappear".
The South Belfast MP is preparing to launch his manifesto today which outlines a strategy to halt the party's steady decline.
The document includes plans to invite his current rivals for the top post to join a 'New Deal' collective leadership if he wins next month's vote to elect a new leader.
Read more: Belfast Telegraph (17 October 2011)
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