Fermanagh Labour man threatens party with legal action

The vice-chairman of the Labour Party NI, Roslea man Damien Harris, has threaten to bring the party to the High Court over what he said was discrimination towards party members in the North.

Solicitors’ letters were sent on behalf of Mr Harris to the National Executive Committee and General Secretary of the Labour Party on Friday, stating his intention to bring High Court proceedings against the party if it did not lift it’s ongoing ban on Labour members in the North running in Westminster, Assembly or local elections.

He has given them until June 2 to respond.


“I, and thousands of members of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland, have grown impatient at the continuing delays with the review into the rights of members in Northern Ireland to stand for election,” said Mr Harris, a former candidate in Fermanagh South Tyrone (FST) and former chair of Labour NI in FST

“We are demanding one thing – to be afforded the same rights of membership as any other member of the Labour Party.”

Earlier this year Labour NI member Donal O’Cofaigh was expelled from the party for standing as a Cross-Community Labour NI candidate.

For more on this story see this Wednesday’s Fermanagh Herald.

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