Labour preparing to field Ulster candidates

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Labour Party members in Northern Ireland are to make preparations to stand in future elections.

The Labour Party leadership has long refused to field candidates in Northern Ireland, citing a reluctance to compete with sister socialist party the SDLP.

But local Labour members opposed to the ongoing ban on standing in elections have now agreed among themselves to prepare to go to the polls.

They said they would now “engage” with the Labour leadership and National Executive on their plans.

A motion on preparing to contest elections in Northern Ireland “at the earliest date at which it is appropriate to do so” was backed unanimously by around 100 party members at a meeting in Belfast.