Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats

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Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats
Chair Stephen Glenn
Headquarters Belfast
Youth wing Liberal Youth Northern Ireland
Ideology Liberalism
Social liberalism
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre
Colours Yellow

The Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats is a local party of the Liberal Democrats that operates in Northern Ireland.[1] Unlike its counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales, the Northern Ireland party is not a state party within the federal Liberal Democrats but a local party, similar to constituency parties in the rest of the UK.

Elections[edit]

The Liberal Democrats do not presently contest elections in Northern Ireland but there is a strong history of support to the Alliance Party, which some people mistake for the two being the same entity.

Members[edit]

Several individuals, including former Alliance Party leader David Ford, hold membership of both parties. Alliance members of the House of Lords take the Lib Dem whip on non-Northern Ireland issues. Former Alliance Party MP Naomi Long did not take the Liberal Democrat Whip in the House of Commons between 2010 and 2015 as she is not a Liberal Democrat member,[2] and sat on the opposition benches.

As of 23 January 2016, the Chair of the Northern Ireland local party is Stephen Glenn. The previous chair was John O’Neill.

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