Gildernew addresses Lib/Dem fringe meeting
September 25, 2012
Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew will travel to Brighton today to address a fringe event hosted by Baroness Harris of Richmond at the Lib/Dem annual Conference tomorrow Tuesday 25th September.
Michelle Gildernew will be reminding the Lib/Dems – sister Party of Alliance here in the North – of their culpability as partners in the British Coalition for the devastating effect of their austerity policies on our economy.
Before leaving for Brighton Ms Gildernew said:
“I will be reminding the Lib/Dems – sister Party of Alliance- that they cannot avoid their responsibility for broken promises and obligations under agreements made with the Parties in the North of Ireland.
“As part of the coalition government with the Tories, the Lib Dems acquiescence in the failure to deliver on election promises to prioritise the rebalancing of the North’s economy, compounded by the imposition of a £4billion cut in the block grant cannot be ignored.
“Nick Clegg’s Conference pledge to target the rich with new taxes, when judged against his subservient performance in government so far will not inspire those in society who are suffering under the swingeing cuts programme of the government of which he is a central player.
“If the Lib/Dems are serious about wanting to build a more equitable society then they should make it clear that the welfare reform agenda - which Sinn Féin is totally opposed to – will not proceed to implementation in its present form.
“They also need to make it clear that the interference in the justice system and imprisonment by dicktat, in the North by British Secretaries of State is unacceptable and the continuing imprisonment of Marian Price, Gerry McGeough and Martin Corey should end immediately."