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SDLP The SDLP is the largest nationalist party in the North of Ireland representing over 60 of the nationalist community It was formed in 1970 by a number of MPs Member of Parliament and Senators who worked for social justice equality and civil political rights for all SDLPs leader John Hume was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with UUPs David Trimble in 1998 for their effort to bring peace to Ireland Throughout its 29 year history the Party has stood for two basic and interlinked principles - the rights of all in Northern Ireland to the identity ethos and way of life of their choice - the pursuance of political and constitutional objectives by purely peaceful non-violent means SDLP have worked for a political agreement which has laid the foundations for a new future on this island based on partnership equality of opportunity and respect for difference The SDLP is working to build a new agreed Ireland They have always believed that the solution to the troubles in Ireland would be found through addressing three sets of relationships - the relationship between the two main communities in the North of Ireland - the relationship between the North and South of Ireland - the relationship between Britain and Ireland UUP The Ulster Unionist Party UUP was formed in 1905 Being the largest party in Northern Ireland the UUP was called upon to form the first Government Over the next fifty years while in government the party worked to good effect for the peace and prosperity of the country UUPs leader David Trimble got the Nobel Peace Prize together with SDLPs John Hume in 1998 for their peacework in Northern Ireland The UUP remain true to their founding principle - commitment to the Union and British citizenship by supporting the union traditionally to the right of centre in social and economic policies SINN FEIN Sinn
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