Sinn Féin launch Stop Tory Cuts billboards
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly launched his party's campaign against Tory welfare cuts outside Parliament Buildings at Stormont this morning.
Speaking alongside the Sinn Féin Assembly team at the launch of campaign billboards, the North Belfast MLA said;
"We are objecting to Tory cuts because they take money directly out of the pockets of those least able to afford them.
"The British government itself is not even in agreement on cuts. The Liberal Democrats voted against their government partners on the bedroom tax, uniting with the Labour party to do so.
"Labour has also vowed to do an urgent review of the plans to introduce Universal Credit.
"Clearly the cracks are starting to show as people begin to witness the devastation of these cuts, thousands being made homeless, a startling rise in malnutrition, dependence on food banks and charitable donations, and an increase in crime involving the theft of basic necessities.
"It doesn't have to be like that; there is an alternative. Sinn Féin will stand up and fight back for the most disadvantaged in our society; the poor, the unemployed, those on low income, families struggling to make ends meet and people with disabilities.
"Tory cuts would impact on all communities here, from Shantallow to Sandy Row from Ballymurphy to Ballybeen. That is why a united front is needed.
"Many groups in society have already got together to voice their opposition to this punishment of the poor.
"All political parties here need to do the same and join us in protecting our communities by opposing this attack on the most vulnerable in our society."