- Alasdair McDonnell
name = Alasdair McDonnell
honorific-suffix = MLA, MP
office= Deputy Leader of the SDLP
term_start = 2004
constituency_MP2 = South Belfast
term_start2 = 5 May 2005
majority2 = 1,235 (3.9%)
constituency_AM3 = Belfast South
assembly3 = Northern Ireland
term_start3 = 25 June 1998
predecessor3 = "new assembly"
birth_date = Birth date and age|1949|9|1|df=yes
Cushendall, Northern Ireland
nationality = Irish
Social Democratic and Labour Party
University College Dublin
website = [http://www.alasdairmcdonnell.com/ Alasdair McDonnell]
Alasdair McDonnell (born 1 September 1949,
Cushendall, County Antrim) is a Northern Irish politician, deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Partyand both a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdomand a Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Belfast.
A family doctor in Belfast for over thirty years, Alasdair McDonnell grew up as the eldest child in a large farming family in
Glenariff, near Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim, and attended medical school at University College Dublin, graduating in 1974.
His first involvement with politics came when he joined the National Democrats and stood as the party candidate in the 1970 election in North Antrim, losing to Ian Paisley. [http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/dna.htm]
McDonnell first won election to
Belfast City Councilin 1977, representing Belfast 'Area A' which included the Short Strand and Upper Ormeau areas. He lost his council seat in a surprise result in 1981 but returned in 1985 and served as Deputy Mayor in 1995-1996. He first stood for the Westminsterconstituency of South Belfast in the 1979 general election and subsequently contested the constituency at each subsequent general election, though not in the 1986 by-election (caused by the resignation of Unionist MPs in protest at the Anglo Irish Agreement).
In 2004 he became his party's deputy leader. In the 2005 general election McDonnell generated one of the most sensational results in
Northern Irelandwhen he won South Belfast, primarily due to a split in the unionist vote. He received 10,339 votes while the Democratic Unionist Party(DUP) candidate Jimmy Spratt received 9,104 votes and Ulster Unionist Partycandidate Michael McGimpseyreceived 7,263 votes.
He is married with four children.
* [http://www.alasdairmcdonnell.com/ Alasdair McDonnell's website]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-9665,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Alasdair McDonnell MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/alasdair_mcdonnell/belfast_south TheyWorkForYou.com - Alasdair McDonnell MP]
* [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm050615/debtext/50615-17.htm Maiden Speech : House of Commons - 15 June 2005]
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