The fall of the NILP, 1972–75

Aaron Edwards

in A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719078743
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702390 | DOI:
The fall of the NILP, 1972–75

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The Northern Ireland Labour Party (NILP) argued that although ‘Partition cannot be ended without the consent of the majority of people of Northern Ireland’ a radical alternative to internment was still badly needed. One important point to make about the NILP's submissions to the newly formed Northern Ireland Office (NIO) was that these included content dealing with social justice, which the other parties had neglected to put forward. The Ulster Workers' Council (UWC) strike united Protestant politicians and paramilitaries in opposition against the new power-sharing government. The NILP opposed strike action but was powerless to stop the popular mobilisation of workers in the key industries. Reverend John Stewart's peace-making activities serve as a stark reminder that there were NILP members prepared to take risks for peace. By the mid-1970s the NILP was left with few committed friends in the British Labour Party.

Keywords: Northern Ireland Labour Party; Northern Ireland Office; Ulster Workers' Council; Protestant politicians; Reverend John Stewart; peace; British Labour Party

Chapter.  9724 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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