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Wednesday, May 26, 1999 Published at 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK

Progressive Unionist Party

Progressive Unionist Party

The Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) European election manifesto is "anchored in the five core principles of Progressive Unionism".

The five core principles are:

  • Empowerment

    "Party policy must empower ordinary people in their endeavours to reach their full potential as human beings. Any policy or proposed policy that militates against the empowerment of the individual is contrary to the democratic socialist principles of the PUP."

  • Participative democracy

    "Participative democracy must work at two levels: a) Within the structures of the PUP, and b) within the structures of society at large."

  • Community ownership

    "When people are empowered to identify and to develop quality sustainable responses to existing and emerging needs within their communities, they are taking ownership of their individual and corporate lives . . . Communities and individuals own their needs and consequently they must own the process of meeting their needs. They must also own the benefits gained through their participation in the process."

  • Equality and social justice

    "Equality is essential to democracy. Northern Ireland will never be truly democratic if any section of it is excluded from the institutions of state. An equal society is one in which all members have access to similar resources and opportunities and in which they all value each other for their common humanity. Democratic socialism calls not just for equality of opportunity, but also of equality of outcomes. New Labour advocates the former while traditional Labour advocates both. If opportunity does not lead to outcomes then surely something has gone wrong."

  • Mutuality

    "Mutuality is about human relationships. It embraces empowerment, ownership, equality and justice (just relationships). It is about working together to preserve the things that we hold in common and to achieve the things that we desire in common. In the early days of socialism people came together to form mutual societies through which they could provide mutual support and mutual benefits. Progressive Unionist polices must be rooted and grounded in the principles of mutuality if they are to be genuinely socialist in outcome."

    If elected to the European Parliament the PUP will join the Party of European Socialists, the centre-left bloc of MEPs. The PUP has endorsed the PES Euro-elections manifesto.

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