Labour leadership contender ANDY BURHAM outlines his hopes for a peaceful Northern Ireland in which the Labour Party fights elections here.Well, well, well.
A PIECE of Labour Party history will be made in Northern Ireland today – and I feel very proud indeed to be part of it.
People in Northern Ireland can now join the Labour Party and so, for the first time, will help decide our new leader. I am coming to meet them today – the first Labour representative to make a campaign visit of this kind – and already have the great honour of receiving the Northern Ireland Labour Party's leadership nomination.
Historic indeed and a justified honour for all those persistent souls who fought so hard over the years to have the basic and fundamental and democratic right to play their part in the Labour Party. The rest of the article, to be honest, doesn't quite live up to that barnstormer of an opener but:
Whilst devolution has put power in the hands of local politicians, I believe passionately in the United Kingdom....is not too bad a way to finish at least the first half.
As economic and political issues become increasingly global we will gain strength by standing together.