Background information on Alliance. Alliance was founded in 1970 and initially lead by Sir Oliver Napier It was controversial as it was against the sectarian and discriminative views of the troubles
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His son John Paul said: “Despite entering politics in Northern Ireland's darkest hour, he was eternally optimistic that a meaningful partnership between both sections of the community was possible if people had the courage to reach for it."
“There should be zero tolerance of paramilitary flags. There must be no place in any normal society for the celebration of a culture of violence and intimidation.”
Alliance sought investment and targets for increased integrated education.
The Stormont draft contains no targets but does say that "creating more opportunities for shared and integrated education [with a view to achieving a full shared education system in Northern Ireland] is a crucial part of breaking the cycle of sectarianism".
Alliance wanted a review of segregated housing and prioritisation of mixed housing. The Stormont draft document addresses this saying: "mixed housing should be considered the norm" and it is "imperative that we prioritise the need to develop more shared housing and neighbourhood schemes". The draft also says "a landmark review of residential segregation and equality of housing provision" should be undertaken
1998: 6.5% of votes and 6 MLA’s
2003: down to 3.7% and 6 MLA’s
2007: increased 5.2% and 7 MLA’s
2011: increased again to 7.7% and 8 MLA’s
1997: 8.0% of votes and 0 MP’s
2001: decreased to 3.6% , stayed at 0 MP’s
2005: 3.9%, 0 MP’s.
2010: 6.3% and obtained 1 MP seat