Labour sparks outrage as Irish nationalists to host event demanding united Ireland


The group are hosting a fringe event in Brighton on the future of Northern Ireland. Titled “A Decade of Opportunity – Towards A New Ireland”, the event will discuss the unification of Northern Ireland with the Republic.

Labour’s official policy supports Northern Ireland’s place as part of the UK.

However, the hosting of the Sinn Fein event will draw concerns about its commitment to the Union.

Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary, Louise Haigh, is billed to be speaking at the event.

In a move likely to provoke, Labour’s listing for the fringe event in its official programme refers to Ms Haigh as “shadow secretary of state to the North of Ireland”.

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The paramilitary group was responsible for carrying out a number of attacks on Britain during the 1980s.

In 1984 the group targeted The Grant Hotel in Brighton while the city was hosting the Conservative party conference.

Then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and multiple cabinet ministers were staying at hotel when the IRA attacked it with a time bomb.

Five people died in the attack, including Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry.

Margaret Tebbit, the wife of cabinet minister Norman Tebbit, was paralysed from the chest down.

Sinn Fein has appeared at a number of Labour Party conferences in the past to take part in fringe events.

Officials say the party remains committed to being “honest brokers” between all parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Labour Party declined to comment on Sinn Fein’s presence at this year’s party conference.



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