The origins of the Northern Ireland conservatives

  title={The origins of the Northern Ireland conservatives},
  author={Colin Coulter},
  journal={Irish Political Studies},
  pages={29 - 48}
  • C. Coulter
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Sociology
  • Irish Political Studies
Abstract This article sets out to tell the story of the Conservative associations that appeared in parts of Northern Ireland in the late nineteen eighties. Ironically, the emergence of the Ulster Tories may be attributed largely to the activities of a small leftist sect. Throughout the seventies and eighties the British & Irish Communist Organisation (B&ICO) developed and advanced an ideological programme of ‘electoral integrationism’. While the case for electoral integration attracted little… 
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