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Political parties in Northern Ireland
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lists political parties in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly uses the D'Hondt system, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments. Party affiliation is generally based on religious and ethnic background. Although Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
is a part of the United Kingdom, it has a quite distinct political scene from the rest of the country, as the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats do not contest elections there (though the Liberal Democrats have links with the Alliance Party), and the Conservative Party has received only limited support in recent elections. Some parties, such as Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and the Workers' Party, are organised on an all- Ireland
Ireland
basis. Others such as the Conservative Party are organised on an all- United Kingdom
United Kingdom
basis. There are many Northern Ireland-specific parties and these, on the whole, predominate. The distinction between "unionist/loyalist", "nationalist/republican" and "other" is not always easy with some parties and individuals. Some have defined themselves less by their position on the "Border Question" than on other political issues. For example, the former Republican Labour Party/Social Democratic and Labour Party MP Gerry Fitt's career suggests he was first and foremost a socialist rather than a nationalist and he eventually left the SDLP claiming it had drifted from its founding intentions. Similarly the Workers' Party has its roots in the republican Official IRA
Official IRA
but nowadays is considered to be a non-violent socialist and nationalist party. Several parties strive to be avowedly non-sectarian and would not consider themselves to be either unionist or nationalist. The Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly requires MLAs to designate themselves either "Unionist", "Nationalist" or "Other." This is a designation that is particularly resented by those who designate as "Other", as they have no input on who becomes First or Deputy First Minister. There are some who see the terms "Unionist" and "Nationalist"/"Republican" as being of more relevance to the community that the party seeks to represent rather than the position on the border question. Several of the "Other" parties strive to be non-sectarian but have a clear position on the border.

Contents

1 Political parties with elected representation at a local, national, UK or European level

1.1 Party details 1.2 Party representation

2 Other registered parties

2.1 Unionist and loyalist 2.2 Nationalist and republican 2.3 Others

3 Unregistered parties 4 Inactive parties

4.1 Unionist and loyalist 4.2 Nationalist and Republican 4.3 Communist 4.4 Others

5 Party leaders 6 See also

Political parties with elected representation at a local, national, UK or European level[edit] Party details[edit]

Party Current Leader English translation / Name in Irish Founded Inaugural Leader Ideology Position Designation EP Group

Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster Páirtí Aontachtach Daonlathach 1971 Ian Paisley National conservatism[1], Social conservatism[1][2], British unionism[1], Euroscepticism[3] Right-wing
Right-wing
populism[4] Right-wing[5][6] Unionist Non-Inscrits

Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald "We Ourselves"[nb 1] 1905 / 1970[nb 2] Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
/ Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Irish republicanism, Left-wing
Left-wing
nationalism, Democratic socialism[1] Centre-left[7] to left-wing Nationalist GUE/NGL

Social Democratic and Labour Party Colum Eastwood Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre 1970 Gerry Fitt Social democracy[1], Irish nationalism[8], United Ireland[1] Centre-left[9] Nationalist S&D[1]

Ulster Unionist Party Robin Swann Páirtí Aontachtach Uladh 1905 Edward Saunderson Conservatism[1], British unionism[1], Centre-right[7] Unionist ECR[1]

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Naomi Long Páirtí Comhghuaillíochta Thuaisceart Éireann 1970 Bob Cooper Oliver Napier Liberalism[1], Nonsectarianism Centre Other none

Traditional Unionist Voice Jim Allister Glór Traidisúnta Aontachtach 2007 Jim Allister British unionism[1], Hard Euroscepticism, Social conservatism[1], National conservatism[1] Right-wing Unionist none

Green Party in Northern Ireland Steven Agnew Comhaontas Glas i dTuaisceart Éireann 1983 none[nb 3] Green politics[1], Nonsectarianism Centre-left Other Greens/EFA[1]

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Conservatives Theresa May Páirtí Coiméadach Thuaisceart Éireann 1989 none Conservatism British unionism Euroscepticism[10] Centre-right[7] Unionist ECR[1]

UK Independence Party

Páirtí Neamphspleách na Ríochta Aontaithe 1993 Alan Sked Euroscepticism[1], Right-wing
Right-wing
populism[1], British unionism Right-wing Unionist EFDD[1]

Progressive Unionist Party Billy Hutchinson An Páirtí Aontachtach Forásach 1979 Hugh Smyth British unionism, Democratic socialism, Social democracy Left-wing Unionist none

People Before Profit Alliance None - Collective Leadership Comhghuaillíocht an Phobail roimh Bhrabús 2005 none Democratic socialism, Trotskyism[1], Socialism[1] Left-wing
Left-wing
to far-left Other (Socialist) none

^ Another common translation, though not literal, is Ourselves Alone. ^ The current party known as Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
broke from the party then known as Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
in 1970 and was initially commonly referred to as Provisional Sinn Féin. ^ For the first twenty eight years of its existence, the Green Party did not have a national leader. Steven Agnew was elected as the first national leader in 2011.

Party representation[edit]

Party Representation (as of June 2017)

UK Parliament Assembly European Parliament Local councils

House of Commons House of Lords

Democratic Unionist Party 10 4 28 1 125

Sinn Féin 7 0 27 1 105

Social Democratic and Labour Party 0 0 12 0 63

Ulster Unionist Party 0 2 10 1 90

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 0 0 8 0 30

Green Party in Northern Ireland 0 0 2 0 3

People Before Profit Alliance 0 0 1 0 1

Traditional Unionist Voice 0 0 1 0 12

Progressive Unionist Party 0 0 0 0 4

UK Independence Party 0 0 0 0 4

Other registered parties[edit] Unionist and loyalist[edit]

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Conservatives Protestant Coalition
Protestant Coalition
- (Dissolved Party, defunct since 2015)

Nationalist and republican[edit]

Communist Party of Ireland
Ireland
(CPI) Éirígí
Éirígí
- Registered to contest local elections only Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
(FF) - Registered, but has not yet contested elections Irish Republican Socialist
Socialist
Party (IRSP) - Registered to contest local elections only Republican Network for Unity
Republican Network for Unity
(RNU) - Registered, but has not yet contested elections

Others[edit]

Labour Party in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
- The British Labour Party have a policy not to stand in Northern Ireland. Until recently it was not possible for residents to even join the party; however this was changed on legal advice. The Labour Party has recently set up an officially recognised branch party in the region. The SDLP MPs unofficially take the Labour whip. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Liberal Democrats - The Liberal Democrats currently have a policy not to stand in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
but to support their sister party, the Alliance, with many holding membership of both, and Alliance peers take the Liberal Democrat whip. Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Official Monster Raving Loony Party
- Registered, but has not yet contested elections Socialist
Socialist
Party Socialist
Socialist
Workers Party Veritas - Registered, but has not yet contested elections Workers' Party of Ireland

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Political parties in Northern Ireland

Assembly seats (90)

Unionist

Democratic Unionist Party
Democratic Unionist Party
(28) Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
(10) Traditional Unionist Voice (1) Independent (1)

Nationalist

Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(27) Social Democratic and Labour Party
Social Democratic and Labour Party
(12)

Other

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(8) Green Party in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(2) People Before Profit Alliance (1)

Other national and regional parties

Unionist

Conservative and Unionist Party National Front Progressive Unionist Party UK Independence Party

Nationalist

Fianna Fáil Irish Republican Socialist
Socialist
Party Workers' Party of Ireland

Other

Animal Welfare Party CISTA Cross-Community Labour Alternative Labour Party in Northern Ireland Socialist
Socialist
Party

Unregistered parties[edit] Candidates for unregistered parties may choose either to be listed as "Non-Party", or to leave the section blank on the ballot paper, in the same manner as independent candidates.

32 County Sovereignty Movement
32 County Sovereignty Movement
- Does not contest elections, operates as a pressure group Republican Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(RSF) Respect – The Unity Coalition - Previously registered and has no plans to contest future elections

Inactive parties[edit] Unionist and loyalist[edit]

British Ulster Dominion Party Commonwealth Labour Party Independent Unionist Association Labour Unionist Party NI21 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Unionist Party - deregistered 2008 Protestant Unionist Party (evolved into the DUP) Ulster Constitution Party Ulster Democratic Party Ulster Loyalist Democratic Party Ulster Popular Unionist Party Ulster Progressive Unionist Association Ulster Protestant League Ulster Resistance Ulster Unionist Labour Association Unionist Party of Northern Ireland United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Unionist Party - deregistered 2008 United Ulster Unionist Council United Ulster Unionist Party United Unionist Coalition
United Unionist Coalition
(UUC) Vanguard Progressive Unionist Party Volunteer Political Party

Nationalist and Republican[edit]

All Ireland
Ireland
Anti-Partition League Federation of Labour Fianna Uladh Irish Anti-Partition League Independent Socialist
Socialist
Party Irish Independence Party National Democratic Party National Democrats National League of the North National Unity Nationalist Party Northern Council for Unity Official Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(now Workers' Party of Ireland) People's Democracy Red Republican Party Republican Congress Republican Labour Party Saor Éire Socialist
Socialist
Republican Party Unity

Communist[edit]

Communist Party of Ireland
Ireland
(CPI) World Socialist
Socialist
Party (Ireland)

Others[edit]

Belfast Labour Party Ulster Christian Democratic Party Commonwealth Labour Party Communist Party of Ireland
Ireland
(Marxist-Leninist) Communist Party of Northern Ireland Irish Labour Party (contests elections in the Republic) Labour coalition Labour Party of Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Labour Party Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Women's Coalition Newtownabbey Labour Party Newtownabbey Ratepayers Association Natural Law Party Social Democratic Party - The post-1988 rump of the party stood in a Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
by-election in 1990; the party as a whole existed and was more prominent in Great Britain from 1981-1990 although the post 1990 rump group still has two seats on local councils in England and Wales. Ulster Independence Movement Ulster Liberal Party Ulster Movement for Self-Determination United Labour Party (Northern Ireland) Ulster Third Way
Ulster Third Way
- deregistered 2005 Vote for Yourself Party - disbanded April 2009, de registered 8 June 2009

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Defunct political parties of Northern Ireland

Unionist / Loyalist

Commonwealth Labour Party Independent Unionist Association Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Unionist Party Protestant Unionist Party UK Unionist Party Ulster Constitution Party Ulster Democratic Party Ulster Popular Unionist Party Ulster Progressive Unionist Association Ulster Unionist Coalition Party Ulster Unionist Labour Association Unionist Party of Northern Ireland United Ulster Unionist Council United Ulster Unionist Party United Unionist Coalition Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party Volunteer Political Party

Nationalist / Republican

All Ireland
Ireland
Anti-Partition League Federation of Labour Fianna Uladh Irish Anti-Partition League Irish Independence Party Irish Union Association National Democratic Party Nationalist Party National League of the North National Unity Northern Council for Unity Official Sinn Féin People's Democracy Red Republican Party Republican Socialist
Socialist
Collective Saor Éire Socialist
Socialist
Republican Party Unity

Left-wing1

Belfast Labour Party Communist Party of Ireland
Ireland
(Marxist-Leninist) Communist Party of Northern Ireland Democratic Left Independent Labour Group Independent Socialist
Socialist
Party Labour coalition Labour Party of Northern Ireland Labour and Trade Union Group League for a Workers' Republic Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Labour Party Republican Labour Party Socialist
Socialist
Labour Alliance Socialist
Socialist
Party of Northern Ireland United Labour Party Workers League World Socialist
Socialist
Party

Ulster nationalist

British Ulster Dominion Party Ulster Independence Movement Ulster Independence Party Ulster Movement for Self-Determination Ulster Third Way

Others

Democratic Partnership Newtownabbey Ratepayers' Association Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Women's Coalition Ulster Liberal Party Unbought Tenants' Association

1 Excluding those left-wing parties avowedly nationalist / republican or unionist / loyalist.

Party leaders[edit] Party leaders serving 10 years or more are

Leader Years Party/Period Constituency

Ian Paisley 42y Protestant Unionist Party 1966–1971 Democratic Unionist Party
Democratic Unionist Party
1971–2008 Bannside, North Antrim

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh 36y Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
1970–1983 Republican Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
1986–present

Gerry Adams 31y Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
1983–present West Belfast, Louth

William Norton 28y Irish Labour 1932–1960

Tomás Mac Giolla 26y Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
1962–1970 Official Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
1970–1977 Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
The Workers Party 1977–1982 Workers' Party 1982–1988

Hugh Smyth 23y Progressive Unionist Party 1979–2002

John Hume 22y Social Democratic and Labour Party
Social Democratic and Labour Party
1979–2001 Foyle

Albert McElroy 19y Ulster Liberal Party 1956–1975 (?)

Lord Craigavon 19y Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
1921–1940 Down, North Down

John Redmond 18y Irish Parliamentary Party
Irish Parliamentary Party
1900–1918 Waterford City

Lord Brookeborough 17y Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
1946–1963 Lisnaskea

James Molyneaux 16y Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
1979–1995 South Antrim, Lagan Valley

Joseph Devlin 16y Nationalist Party 1918–1934 Belfast Falls, Fermanagh and Tyrone, Belfast Central

Gerry Fitt 15y Republican Labour Party 1964–1970 Social Democratic and Labour Party
Social Democratic and Labour Party
1970–1979 Belfast West, Belfast Dock

James Kilfedder 15y Ulster Popular Unionist Party 1980–1995 North Down

Margaret Buckley 13y Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
1937–1950

Robert McCartney 13y UK Unionist Party
UK Unionist Party
1995–2008 North Down

James McSparran 13y Nationalist Party 1945–1958 Mourne

Oliver Napier 12y Alliance Party 1972–1984

Thomas Joseph Campbell 11y Nationalist Party 1934–1945 Belfast Central

Sir Edward Carson 11y Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
1910–1921 Dublin University, Belfast Duncairn

John Alderdice 11y Alliance Party 1987–1998

David Trimble 10y Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
1995–2005 Upper Bann

See also[edit]

Politics of Northern Ireland List of political parties Political make-up of local councils in Northern Ireland

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Political parties in the United Kingdom

House of Commons (650)

Conservative (317) Labour (259, including Labour Co-operative)* Scottish National (35) Liberal Democrats (12) Democratic Unionist (10) Sinn Féin† (7) Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru
(4) Green (E&W) (1) Independent (5)

House of Lords
House of Lords
(785)

Conservative (245) Labour (191) Crossbenchers (181) Liberal Democrats (98) Democratic Unionist (3) UKIP (3) Ulster Unionist (2) Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru
(1) Green (E&W) (1) Non-affiliated & independent (33) Lords Spiritual
Lords Spiritual
(25)

Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
(129)

Scottish National (62) Conservatives (31) Labour (24) Scottish Green (6) Liberal Democrats (5) Independent (1)

National Assembly for Wales
National Assembly for Wales
(60)

Labour (29) Conservatives (11) Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru
(10) UKIP (5) Independent (4) Liberal Democrats (1)

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly (90)

Democratic Unionist (28) Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(27) Social Democratic and Labour (12) Ulster Unionist (10) Alliance (8) Green (NI) (2) People Before Profit Alliance (1) Traditional Unionist Voice (1) Independent Unionist (1)

London Assembly
London Assembly
(25)

Labour (12) Conservative (8) Green (E&W) (2) UKIP (2) Liberal Democrats (1)

European Parliament
European Parliament
(73 of 751)

Conservative (ECR, 20) Labour (S&D, 20) UKIP (EFDD, 20) Green (E&W) (Greens/EFA, 3) Independent (Non-inscrits, 2; ENF, 1) Scottish National (Greens/EFA, 2) Democratic Unionist (Non-inscrits, 1) Liberal Democrats (ALDE, 1) Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru
(Greens/EFA), 1) Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(GUE/NGL, 1) Ulster Unionist (ECR, 1)

Other national and regional parties

Britain First British Democratic British National English Democrats Independent Community and Health Concern Liberal Mebyon Kernow National Health Action National Liberal Progressive Unionist Scottish Socialist Solidarity§ UK European People's Party Yorkshire Party

* Co-operative Party
Co-operative Party
candidates stand jointly with the Labour Party. † Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
have elected members and offices at Westminster, but as abstentionists do not take their seats. §Some candidates stand as "Trade Unionist and Socialist
Socialist
Coalition" candidates.

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List of political parties in Europe

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States with limited recognition

Abkhazia Artsakh Kosovo Northern Cyprus South Ossetia Transnistria

Dependencies and other entities

Åland Faroe Islands Gibraltar Guernsey Isle of Man Jersey Svalbard

Other entities

European Union

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