A report in The Socialist (April 2016), the paper of the Socialist Party, refers to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party and then turns to the Northern Ireland Assembly:
In this context and in advance of the election the Socialist Party has helped to initiate a new organisation: Cross-Community Labour Alternative. It will contest in three constituencies in the upcoming elections (East Belfast, South Belfast and Fermanagh and South Tyrone). The two candidates in Belfast, Socialist Party members Sean Burns and Courtney Robinson, are both under 20 and are raising the need to build united movements of young people and workers across the sectarian divide, Protestant and Catholic working-class people need an anti-sectarian working-class alternative.
|Conor Sheridan, Courtney Robinson, Ruth Coppinger TD and Sean Burns|
This has its roots in the expulsion in 1989 of the Militant Tendency from the Labour Party. Those who were expelled formed Militant Labour and in 1996 it became known as the Socialist Party. It is an all-Ireland party with a northern region and a southern region. In the Irish Republic three of its members, including Coppinger, were elected to Dail Eireann in 2016 as Anti-Austerity Alliance TDs.
The Socialist Party is also 'the Irish section of the Committee for a Workers' International, an international socialist organisation in over 40 countries on all five continents.'
Now as regards the three candidates named by Labour Alternative:
Courtney Robinson, from East Belfast, is president of the Students Union at the Belfast Metropolitan College and a member of Socialist Youth, the youth section of the Socialist Party.
|Socialist Party protest in Belfast|
Although they are campaigning as Cross-Community Labour Alternative, it is unclear whether the 'party' is registered and recognised, and if not the three candidates will appear on the ballot papers as Independent.