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Bring welfare legislation onto Assembly floor - McGuinness

16 September, 2014 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has called for legislation on welfare cuts to be brought to the floor of the Assembly. 

Mr McGuinness said; 

"Sinn Féin is of the view that the Executive parties should stand together against vicious welfare cuts being imposed by a cabinet of Tory millionaires.

“The people of Scotland have shown what can be achieved by standing up to the Tories. In a last-ditch attempt to prevent a ‘Yes’ vote, the British establishment is now offering them the increased fiscal and tax-raising powers, as well as control over welfare, which Sinn Fein is demanding for the people of the North.

“This would be the most effective response by the Executive to the Tory-led government in London. But if the Unionist parties want to inflict these devastating cuts on working-class unionists as well as on the rest of us, then they should bring the legislation onto the floor of the Assembly. 

"They should explain their support for Tory policies and let the representatives of the people decide. 

"That is what the Assembly is there for; it is the democratic thing to do. 

"People should have a choice on this. In Sinn Féin we have made our choice. We reject this attack on the poor, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in our society. We will defend and stand with the working class-communities that the Tories are targeting. 

"If Nelson McCausland on behalf of the DUP refuses to bring it to the floor of the Assembly then the only other option is to put it directly to the people in an election. Sinn Féin has no fear of an election.”

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