SDLP ‘silent partners’ in unionist deal – Murphy

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has today accused the SDLP of being ‘silent partners’ in the unionist electoral pact. Speaking to Newry Times, Murphy said, “The SDLP are acquiescing in this latest pan-unionist initiative. “They are the silent partners in this unionist deal, standing only as spoilers against Sinn Féin in winnable nationalist seats in Fermanagh South Tyrone and North Belfast. “The DUP and UUP have rewarded them by not running agreed unionist candidates in SDLP seats in South Belfast, South Down and Foyle. The SDLP’s refusal to enter into an alliance of progressive pro-Agreement parties has all to do with petty self interest and self preservation. Murphy added, “Their tacit acceptance of the unionist pact only benefits parties opposed to equality and which share the Tory agenda of cuts to public services and welfare.”

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2 Comments for “SDLP ‘silent partners’ in unionist deal – Murphy”

  1. martin mckeown

    This is a very strange statement, are political opponents not suppose to be spoilers? The fact the Unionists are drawing up sectarian pacts is no great shocks,after all the the inception of the state was a sectarian pact! To hear Sinn fein wanting to set up a pan nationalist front to confront the pan unionist front, is totally laughable; are there not ideological differences between the two nationalist parties or is this an admittance by Sinn fein, that that they have morphed into the SDLP? Just another example that the tribal politics of the six counties/North/Northern Ireland doesn’t work, sad that in the year 2015 we are still seeing the green and orange card being played. Insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results” – Albert Einstein

  2. John Mc Cabe

    Is Conor Murphy for real talking about pacts? Have Sinn Fein not entered in a political pact with the DUP at Stormont?
    Vetoing other parties attempted amendments to their anti-humane Welfore Reform?
    Our Newry & Armagh SF MP should also reflect upon discrimination against our protestant neighbours was he not found guilty of this at a tribunal?

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