2016 Manifestos – What the Parties Said Then

What the Parties Said in 2016

Ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections each party set out their policy positions and produced a manifesto.  Listed below are the manifestos which we either received  from the parties or were able to get from their website.

Alliance Party LogoAlliance

The Alliance party have set out a comprehensive set of proposals to move Northern Ireland forward, faster. It consists of a five point plan for a shared, prosperous Northern Ireland.  They want to build an integrated society, fund “services not division”, clean up politics, invest in jobs, skills and the economy and to end all forms of paramilitarism. Manifesto

NI Conservatives party logoConservative

The Northern Ireland Conservatives are a, ‘fresh, pro-Union, centre-right party, which is proudly and distinctively Northern Irish, but remains a full part of the UK Conservative Party.’ Their manifesto sets out where they stand on the issues devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Manifesto

Democracy First party logoDemocracy First

Democracy First is a cross-community political party which has a vision for a ‘society where the needs of our people whether they be economic, jobs, welfare, health, education and justice are best served by open fair-minded and compassionate government.’  Manifesto

DUP party logoDUP

The DUP’s manifesto sets out a dozen policy proposals across government for the next five years. They have set out a vision and a plan for Northern Ireland; they want to see a, ‘strong, safe and stable Northern Ireland.’  Their plan includes ten points to help them achieve their goal. Manifesto

Green party logoGreen Party

The Green party is standing on, ‘a promise of Zero Waste.’ Their manifesto sets out commitments which they think will make Northern Ireland a better place all stemming from a promise of zero waste. It states, ‘Equality and social justice, inextricably linked with environmental sustainability, are the foundations of the Green Party.’ Manifesto

Labour Alternative party logoLabour Alternative

Labour Alternative aspires to a society where the majority are united in common purpose to overcome division.  They are standing their candidates on a simple programme of, ‘against austerity and for a better life for all, equality and against discrimination, compromise and against conflict on the issues which divide our communities, new politics and against the sectarian agenda of the past’. Manifesto

NILRC party logoNILRC

The Northern Ireland Labour Representative Committee’s manifesto states it is a manifesto for opposition, ‘Challenging, questioning, holding to account for a better government.’  Their manifesto sets out their position on, a reduction of household living costs, managing the transition to a low carbon energy system, safeguarding the people’s assets, opposition as a force for good government and challenging costs to health and education. Manifesto

PUP party logoPUP

The Progressive Unionist Party believes that we maintain societal division through segregated education and strongly endorses a policy of integrated education at both primary and secondary levels, which, upon implementation, would save a considerable amount of financial resources. Savings that could and should be reinvested in tackling educational underachievement. Manifesto

SDLP party logo ManifestosSDLP

The SDLP say their manifesto ‘roots our politics in policy and ideas. It is a manifesto grounded in the challenges faced by people in their everyday lives. It is a manifesto which sets out how we will build a better future for all who live here.’ Manifesto


Sinn Fein party logoSinn Fein

Sinn Fein’s manifesto sets out a ten point programme which includes policy issues on, education, health, welfare, housing and infrastructure. They want a Government that, ‘works coherently and collectively. We need equality and respect to be at the heart of how we do business and we need to deliver for people across society.’ They are, ‘committed to developing all-Ireland co-operation and implementing practical proposals that are to the mutual benefit of everyone.’ Manifesto

TUV party logoTUV

The TUV manifesto sets out what they see as the disappointments of the past failed arrangements of Stormont. They also set out their vision for a ‘better more democratic future.’ They set out their policy positions on issues such as Crime and Punishment, Culture, Moral Issues, Housing, Health and Education. Manifesto

UKIP party logoUKIP

The UKIP manifesto sets out policies which reflect what UKIP stands for: ‘believing in our country, your country, Northern Ireland.’ Some of the policy positions it covers are Housing, Law and Order, the Health Service, Education and Transport. Manifesto


UUP party logoUUP

The UUP manifesto sets out some of what they believe to be the Northern Ireland Executive’s and Assembly’s biggest failings and their vision for Northern Ireland.  Their vision for Northern Ireland is backed up with a number of polices, some of which are:  Mental Health and Wellbeing; Cancer Care; The Knowledge Economy and Educational Underachievement.  Manifesto

Workers Party logoWorkers’ Party

The Workers’ Party is socialist, secular and anti-sectarian. Its manifesto is setting out how to create a ‘new political space which is neither unionist nor nationalist, Catholic nor Protestant.’ Manifesto


Young Greens party logoYoung Green Party

The Young Greens have launched a manifesto which is aimed at young people of Northern Ireland. They are highlighting some of the Green party polices which will help young people. The policies their manifesto sets out are on:  An Equal Society; A Good Education; A Clean Environment; A People’s Democracy; and A Fair Economy. Manifesto