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Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy MP, MLA in Westminster to press the need for investment not cuts

8 November, 2011 - by Westminster

 Sinn Fein MP for Newry/Armagh Conor Murphy will be in Westminster tomorrow (Wednesday) for a series of discussions with British politicians and the London-based diplomatic corps. Mr Murphy will also meet the new Labour Shadow Secretary of State, Vernon Coaker MP. Speaking in advance of the visit, Mr Murphy, who is the party’s spokesperson on economic issues in the Assembly, said: "These meetings come at a critical time for Ireland. The economic crisis underlines the importance of our message that the current swingeing public spending cuts, being imposed by the Westminster government, are completely unacceptable. Recent figures revealing even lower growth than anticipated -- essentially flat lining -- demonstrates that this approach is not working. Our focus in the Assembly is on re-building the local economy and maintaining vital public services is made far more difficult by British government austerity policies.  "In the south we face yet another `austerity budget’ hitting the most vulnerable in society, as a direct result of the Dublin government's handing economic control over to the European Central Bank and the IMF. The meetings will be an opportunity to discuss Sinn Fein’s perspective on an alternative based on investment to stimulate economic growth and create jobs’. On the issue of dealing with the past, and issues arising out of the conflict, Mr Murphy added: "I will also be raising the issue of how we collectively deal with the past and in particular the disgraceful treatment of the family of Pat Finucane in Downing Street a few weeks ago.’

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