Social Democratic and Labour Party

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Social Democratic and Labour Party

Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre
LeaderLady_Aya
Founded
  • 16 February 2020
    (original form)
  • 7 June 2021
    (current form)
Membership (2021)Increase 9,000
IdeologyDemocratic Socialism
Social Democracy
Irish Nationalism
Irish Republicanism
Political positionLeft-wing
Colours     Green
Seats in the House of Commons (NI)
1 / 6
House of Lords
1 / 43
Website
sdlp.ie

The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) (Irish: Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre), is a left-wing Irish nationalist political party in Northern Ireland and was both the largest nationalist party in Northern Ireland, having overtaken the previously dominant Irish Parliamentary Party in the June 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election, and the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, continuing to maintain a strong presence in polling and approaching towards a majority percentage of the vote by the time that they rebranded.

In it's current form, it was originally formed as the Northern Irish branch of the Celtic Coalition, but on 2 September 2021, following a departure of Forward from the Celtic Coalition, Lady_Aya rebranded the Celtic Coalition to solely the SDLP and decided to focus primarily on Northern Ireland

History

Foundation and Ascent to First Minister

SoSaturnistic was succeeded by the former LPNI First Minister BoredNerdyGamer who had joined the party in 2020 from Labour and had widely been seen as having a strong set of credentials to lead the Northern Irish branch of Solidarity.

Republicanism and Rebranding

The party's last leader in the format of the Social Democratic and Labour Party was ABrokenHero who was elected after BoredNerdyGamer's resignation from the party in order for him to be able to step into the Devolved Speaker role. ABrokenHero was seen as having considerably stronger rhetoric on their part for Irish Nationalism and took the SDLP towards a more republican line after their ascent to the role as Leader, eventually rebranding the party into Sinn Féin.

Reformation and return to moderate Nationalism

Following the June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election the former LPNI leader, Lady_Aya, refounded the SDLP as the Northern Irish branch of the Celtic Coalition. Lady_Aya would become a prominent force within Northern Ireland and on 2 September 2021, decided to focus primarily on Northern Ireland and rebranded the entirety of Celtic Coalition to the SDLP following the departure of Forward.