Ulster Liberal Party
|Ulster Liberal Party|
|Politics of Northern Ireland
The party succeeded the Northern Ireland Liberal Association, which was active before the First World War and was relaunched in May 1928. It nominated candidates in the UK general election, 1929, including future Seanad Éireann member Denis Ireland and Unbought Tenants' Association MP George Henderson, before the party became inactive.
The party was re-founded by Albert McElroy in 1956, as the Ulster Liberal Association. From 1961 to 1969, the party had one seat in the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, when Sheelagh Murnaghan held one of the four seats allocated to Queen's University, Belfast. In 1967, it was represented on the committee of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.
After 1970, it suffered the loss of many of its members to the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. Its last political contest was the 1985 local government election, after which its last remnants joined the Labour '87 group. The Liberal Democrats, successor to the British Liberal Party, later formed links with the Alliance Party. There is also a small local party of the Liberal Democrats in Northern Ireland.
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