Tuesday 6 December 2016

Labour to seek meetings with Soc Dems/Greens with view to forming ‘Progressive Left Alliance’

Published 06/04/2016 | 18:04

Joan Burton
Joan Burton

The Labour Party is to seek meetings with the Social Democrats and Green Party with a view to forming a ‘Progressive Left Alliance’.

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Tánaiste Joan Burton sought the views of her seven TDs on the idea this morning and has been given the go ahead to open a dialogue.

It is understood the grouping would act as an alternative left alliance to the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit and Sinn Féin.

Labour Party officials have already drawn up an initial document for discussion, although it doesn’t detail any specific policy initiatives.

It sets out broad areas where three parties and a number of other left-wing independents could work together from the Opposition benches.

High on the list are the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, climate change, housing and low pay.

A source said: “It makes sense that a group of progressive left-wing TDs should work together.

There would be no set policy platform but there are certainly areas where we have common perspectives.”

Ms Burton is expected to make tentative approaches to the two parties in the coming weeks.

She will argue that by working in an alliance the parties will be able to get “well written motions and bills” onto the floor of the Dáil.

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