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Northern Ireland Women's Coalition
The Northern Ireland Women's Coalition is a non-sectarian political party in Northern Ireland. It was founded 1996 with two delegates being elected to the multi-party talks. It supports the Good Friday Agreement and is strongly opposed to sectarian violence from both sides.
In the Northern Ireland Assembly elections of 1998, it obtained two members - Monica McWilliams and Jane Morrice , representing South Belfast and North Down respectively. McWilliams, who is also leader and founder of the party, stood as a candidate in the Westminster elections in 2001, and came a respectable third.
The party does not take a position on whether Northern Ireland should be part of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. It has attracted support from former supporters of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, but also the Social Democratic and Labour Party and the Ulster Unionist Party. Both its MLAs lost their seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections, 2003.
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