‘SDLP failed to deliver for South Down at Westminster’ – Hazzard

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the SDLP has failed to deliver for the people of South Down during the last 20 years at Westminster.
Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard

Hazzard said, “Sinn Féin operates a policy of active abstentionism in relation to Westminster and our MPs work hard day and daily to represent our communities. “Our MPs provide a first-class constituency service, working for people on the ground and lobbying in London on their behalf. “They also meet with representatives of the political parties at Westminster, as well as trade unions and other groups, in support of our united Ireland agenda, against austerity and on the key political issues. “By contrast, the SDLP have nothing to show for their attendance at Westminster,” he insisted. “In South Down in particular, the community has been let down by an absent MP who has not advanced their interests. “She has voted in less than 40 per cent of votes and was not able to prevent one single cut by the British government. “In fact, Margaret Ritchie assisted the welfare cuts agenda when she was in the Assembly by attempting to rush through the welfare reform bill through accelerated package. “The SDLP, whether supporting British soldiers in Afghanistan, or MPs sleeping on the benches and missing votes, have nothing to offer voters here. “The real work will be done after this election with a strong Sinn Féin team of MPs, MLAs, TDs and MEPs challenging the next British government on the assault on the block grant and the welfare state and calling for the transfer of full fiscal powers to Ireland to grow our economy,” Hazzard added.
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