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Labour Party could run candidates in Northern Ireland

By Noel McAdam

The Labour Party has finally moved towards running candidates in a future Northern Ireland election - albeit too late for next month's Assembly poll.

After years of pressure from activists here, the party is launching a consultation exercise which it hopes will be complete by the summer.

Jeremy Corbyn's party had promised to examine its long-standing position which regarded the SDLP as their sister-party.

Since Corbyn's election as Labour leader, membership in Northern Ireland has soared from around 300 to more than 2,000.

Welcoming the move, Anna McAleavy, the chair of the Labour Party NI branch, said: "We have been hoping for this for quite a while.

"We now have branches in place to show we are a capable organisation and are glad to see some flesh on the bones of this exercise."

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