PES position ahead of SDLP conference

08/02/2019

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The SDLP with the support of the Irish Labour Party and the other democratic parties, North and South, delivered peace to Ireland and has championed progressive politics in Northern Ireland since its foundation.

John Hume was one of the greats of the European Parliament and our colleague in the PES. We were never prouder than when we nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. The SDLP’s work as a PES party is not done. Northern Ireland needs a strong progressive voice now more than ever.

We note that this weekend SDLP party members will vote on a proposal to enter in to a partnership with an ALDE member party that competes directly with a PES member party in another jurisdiction. We are confident our sister party will ponder thoroughly the consequences of its decision.