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If you wanted proof that N. Ireland isn't just another region of the UK, it is the utter failure of either Labour or the Conservatives to achieve a significant presence there. 765 Northern Ireland Labour members voted in Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2016" (Corbyn 541; Smith 224), but they don't put up candidates because of their small membership and association agreement with the SDLP.

Officially the UK Conservative party is the titled the Conservative and Unionist party and they have had a close relationship with the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). They have also run separate candidates and attracted 0.4% of the vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2016.

So while both major UK parties have some presence in Northern Ireland, their support base is derisory, even from fellow unionists, and most Nationalists would of course not support a UK party, although Corbyn has a long record of supporting a United Ireland.

The bottom line is that the major UK parties don't organise in N. Ireland to a greater degree is because their support base there is, and is always likely to be, derisory. The current Conservative party's confidence and supply agreement with the DUP isn't going to change that.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 at 05:16:08 PM EST
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