Social Democratic and Labour Party

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Social Democratic and Labour Party
Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre
Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP MLA
Chairman Joe Byrne MLA
Founder
Founded 1970
Headquarters
Youth wing SDLP Youth
Women's wing SDLP Women's Group
Ideology Social democracy,[1]
United Ireland,[1]
Irish Nationalism
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Socialist International
European affiliation Party of European Socialists
Colours Green, Red, Yellow
Northern Irish seats in the House of Commons
3 / 18
Northern Ireland Assembly
14 / 108
Local government in Northern Ireland
87 / 582
Website
www.sdlp.ie

The Social Democratic and Labour Party or SDLP is a centre-left political party in Northern Ireland. It's policies promote social democracy and the idea that Northern Ireland should leave the United Kingdom and join with the Republic of Ireland. It's leader is Alasdair McDonnell and it currently has 3 Northern Ireland seats out of 18 in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. It has 14 out of 108 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The party rejected violence during the Troubles and was the most successful Nationalist party during the 1980's and 1990's.

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