A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party: Democratic Socialism and Sectarianism
by Aaron Edwards (9780719078743)

A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party: Democratic Socialism and Sectarianism
 
Aaron Edwards
Release Date: 15 July 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
Category: Political Parties
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719078743
ISBN-10: 0719078741



This is the first definitive history of the Northern Ireland Labour Party (NILP), a unique political force which 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, the NILP 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 of empirical evidence and partly to reinforce the simplistic view of Northern Ireland as the site of the most protracted sectarian conflict in modern Europe. Aaron Edwards brings together important archival sources and the oral testimonies of its former members to explain the enigma of an extraordinary political party operating in extraordinary circumstances. He situates the NILP's successes and failures in a broad historical framework, providing the reader with a balanced account of twentieth-century Northern Irish political history.

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