What Alliance achieved in double election

As expected post-election, I received the "We've got bills to pay" begging letter from Alliance HQ -- £100,000 worth of bills. This time, the investment appears to have paid off. The letter lists "What we achieved in this double election": Over 50,000 votes -- more than double the vote of eight years ago. Wherever they... Continue Reading →

Alliance Party Conference 2010 – Guest Speaker (Liam CLARKE)

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8949886&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1%5BFollowing is full text of speech by journalist, Liam Clarke, delivered at the Alliance Party Conference, Dunadry Hotel, Templepatrick, Northern Ireland. Above video is introduction. Transcript to be verified by author.]Well, thank you Gerry for that introduction. It was so good that I can hardly wait to hear what I'm going to say. I just... Continue Reading →

Alliance Party Conference 2010 – Party Leader Speech (David FORD)

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8947439&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1 [Following is abridged version of speech by Alliance Party Leader, David Ford MLA. Coincides with above video extract. Full speech available at Alliance Party website.]"Delivering Responsible Government"... It really is time our political leaders learnt to grow up and take responsibility, and deliver for the people of Northern Ireland here at home. It is... Continue Reading →

Alliance Party Conference 2010 – Deputy Party Leader Speech (Naomi LONG)

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8946842&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1 Mr President, distinguished guests, fellow delegates, as we meet here today, we do so against a backdrop of political uncertainty and instability.People say that a week is a long time in politics; however, at the minute barely an hour passes without some new revelation or twist in the tale. Few could have predicted the... Continue Reading →

Alliance Party Conference 2010 – Motion: Criminal Justice System

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8946554&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1 http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8946670&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1 [The following motion was presented at the Alliance Party Conference, proposed by Stephen Farry MLA and seconded by Chris Lyttle.] Conference reiterates its support for the devolution of policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland, in particular to improve accountability and to provide new opportunities for joined-up government. Conference calls upon the Executive... Continue Reading →

Alliance Party Conference 2009 – Joanne STUART

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10661910&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00adef&fullscreen=1Joanne Stuart, Chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Northern Ireland, was guest speaker at the Alliance Party Conference dinner at the Dunadry Hotel, Templepatrick.Stuart began by saying that having spent much of the past 16 years in England and Dublin, if someone had told her then that she'd be speaking at an Alliance Party... Continue Reading →

Alliance Party Conference 2009

Alliance Party Leader, David Ford MLA, addresses delegates Guest Speaker - John SimpsonAt the Alliance Party Conference last weekend, economist John Simpson made a presentation on "Rebuilding the Northern Ireland economy". His concluding remarks:Simpson said that in this regard, what mattered was: (1) productivity and (2) competence. Economic growth in Northern Ireland was not about... Continue Reading →

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