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The Macbride PrinciplesIrish America Strikes Back$
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Kevin McNamara

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312175

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315893

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MacBride and the British Labour Party

MacBride and the British Labour Party

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(p.165) Chapter Five MacBride and the British Labour Party
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The Macbride Principles
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315893.006

This chapter focuses on the Labour Party's views towards the MacBride Principles. The Party supported these in principle, and when challenged within the United Kingdom did so, but sought to emphasise the importance of broad all-embracing fair employment legislation. They wanted it to encompass all private employment in Northern Ireland, not merely US corporations. While not rejecting the Northern Ireland Department of Economic Development's (DED) anti-MacBride line, by recognising the commitment of the MacBride campaigners and introducing the Fair Employment and Treatment Order, Mo Mowlam could claim to have fulfilled over 90 per cent of the MacBride campaigners' aspirations.

Keywords:   MacBride Principles, Labour Party, Northern Ireland, political support, employment

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