Regional Labour chair resigns over support for other parties

Longstanding Labour activist Boyd Black is now chairman of the regional party

EIGHT members of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland have resigned from its ruling executive after claiming some members of the committee support other parties.

Among those quitting the regional executive are its former chair Anna McAleavy and vice-chair Damien Harris.

They claim a "small minority" of members who were supporting other political parties, contrary to the Labour rulebook.

But the regional executive committee has rejected the allegations.

In a statement issued by new regional Labour chairman Boyd Black, the party said it was "fully committed to re-invigorating the development of a grassroots-driven Labour Party in Northern Ireland".

"LPNI aims to provide a much needed cross-community socialist alternative to the dead-end politics of sectarian conflict," it said.

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