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Nov 5 '18 at 13:30 comment added tmgr @MSalters "national parties and therefore the national elections." That's an odd thing to say. There's no reason to think that national parties running for Westminster in the north of Ireland wouldn't also run for Stormont or council elections and every reason to think that they would. (Re the European Parliament.. well... maybe not!) In fact, the Tories still have a smattering of NI councillors and ran candidates in several Stormont constituencies in the 2016 elections, as well as in most Westminster constituencies in the last general election, albeit without any success.
Nov 5 '18 at 7:45 comment added MSalters (For the global audience: "Stormont" is Northern Ireland's regional parliament; "Westminster" is the UK's national government.) @tmgr: fair point, but the question appears to be about the national parties and therefore the national elections.
Nov 4 '18 at 0:27 comment added tmgr To say Northern Ireland uses 'first past the post' is mainly wrong. For European Parliament, council and Stormont elections, single transferable vote is used. It is only in Westminster elections that 'first past the post' come into play. (Also, the Tories have run candidates in the North in the past; they met with little success, much as the answer predicts, although they are very definitely a unionist party, and Labour is - and always has been - committed to a united Ireland in principle. Both parties have very clear positions on the Northern Ireland 'axis', to use the answer's terms.)
Sep 28 '17 at 7:44 comment added Royal Canadian Bandit Scotland is more complicated than you make out. It has had both left/right and unionist/nationalist axes in recent times, and a 4-party system (5 counting the Greens) in which unionist parties (eg. Labour and Tories) are as opposed to each other as to the SNP. The primary contenders in a given seat may be any two (or more) of the parties. As recently as the 2010 Westminster election, the SNP came a distant third in terms of seats, with 6 out of 59 and 20% of the vote.
Sep 27 '17 at 12:01 comment added Evargalo Does the Labour Party explicitely support any candidate or party in NI (if yes, which ones ?), or does it refrains to enter NI politics at all?
Jun 12 '17 at 6:25 comment added MSalters Yes, they would be unlikely to win any seats.
Jun 12 '17 at 3:49 comment added Rethliopuks So, the reason Labour has not fielded a candidate in NI since like 1926 is that that is not as cost-efficient?
Jun 10 '17 at 22:14 history answered MSalters CC BY-SA 3.0