We want to see highest number of pro-agreement representatives - Maskey
Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has called on Alasdair McDonnell to reconsider a proposal to ensure the election of the highest number of pro-agreement representatives.
Speaking after a Sinn Féin proposal to maximise the representation of pro-agreement parties was rejected by the SDLP, the West Belfast MLA said;
"This is about ensuring the maximum representation of pro-agreement parties to counter the axis of negative unionism.
"Alasdair McDonnell has clearly got his sums wrong on this issue. He claimed that the SDLP did not benefit from Sinn Féin standing aside in the 2010 Westminster election but that is obviously not the case.
"He should go back and look at the election results and reconsider.
“Between three and four thousand Sinn Féin voters voted tactically in support of the SDLP leader after I withdrew from the election to prevent the seat being taken by a unionist candidate.
"Sinn Féin's proposal is about ensuring the highest number of pro-agreement representatives are returned in order to make progress.
"Failure to do so risks handing seats to anti-agreement elements who want to take us backwards."