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Legal action threatened over Labour NI candidate ban

The vice-chairman of the Labour Party NI has written to the Labour Party’s London headquarters threatening legal action over its refusal to stand local candidates in the forthcoming 8th June general election.  Solicitors acting for Damian Harris claim the ban is discriminatory and contrary to human rights legislation. 

The Labour Party in London have been given until 2nd June to respond to Mr Harris’ claims.  A spokesperson said that a review of the policy had been set up, however, it was paused because of the forthcoming election.

Mr Harris said

“I, and thousands of members of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland, have grown impatient at the continuing delays with the review into the rights of members in Northern Ireland to stand for election.  We are demanding one simple thing – to be afforded the same rights of membership as any other member of the Labour Party.”

Read commentary from The Fermanagh Herald here.  Click here for coverage from the Labour Party NI. 

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