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Nationalists uniting will deliver North Belfast

7 April, 2010 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly was this morning on the campaign trail in his constituency. Gerry Kelly is the only candidate in the field who can win the Westminster seat for nationalism.

Speaking from the ‘Cricky’ pitch on the Cliftonville Road Mr Kelly said:

“The figures in the last number of elections clearly show that a nationalist candidate can win the North Belfast Westminster seat. They also clearly show that Sinn Féin is the only party who can win this seat from Nigel Dodds and the DUP.

“Of course this is most likely if nationalists unite around Sinn Féin and unite around the common goal of Sinn Fein's equality campaign. Winning this seat for nationalism for the first time in this constituency's 125 year history would break the DUP veto on equality for all. Sinn Féin have been steadily closing the gap on the DUP in the North Belfast constituency in recent years. We are now best positioned to take this seat. A vote for any other nationalist candidate is a wasted vote.

“The DUP under Nigel Dodds in North Belfast have used their status to block every aspect of equality, especially in relation to leisure provision and house building programmes aimed at tackling chronic need. We now have a huge opportunity to make an historic breakthrough for the whole community.

“The victory achieved last week at Belfast City Council when the SDLP finally joined with Sinn Féin to ensure proper changing facilities on the ‘Cricky’ pitch site for local GAA teams is an example of what can be achieved. It is an example of how a negative, sectarian agenda can be defeated.

“It shows us that nationalists uniting in North Belfast to defeat the old agenda is possible and it is possible again on May 6th.” ENDS

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