Launch today of the British Irish Ulster Forum at Westminster

A new organisation is being launched tonight in Westminster by Thomas Lowe and Chris Punch. The organisation is called the British Irish Ulster Forum (BIUF) which can be found at

The topic for the launch event is ‘Building bridges, breaking ties: looking ahead at Stormont’ with an interesting array of speakers Chris Ruane MP (Labour), Alasdair McDonnell MP, MLA (Deputy Leader, SDLP) and Cllr Ian Parsley (Conservative nominee to the New Force Joint Committee as Candidate for North Down).

It’s chaired by Margaret Gilmore (Senior Research Fellow, RUSI, and former BBC Senior Home Affairs Correspondent).

This will be the first in a series of events organised on a broad and non-sectarian basis and aims to play a positive role as Northern Ireland’s polity faces fresh challenges in this next chapter of its troubled history.

It asks if “we seeing the rise of a modern, more mature politician, well-versed in policy, and seeking to appeal to the mainstream? Or are we seeing the rise of ‘normal’ politicians?”

No doubt Slugger readers will have their views.