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A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote against Tory austerity - McGuinness

31 March, 2015 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said a vote for Sinn Féin is a vote against Tory austerity. 

Speaking at the launch of Gearóid Ó hEára's Westminster election campaign in Derry, Mr McGuinness said; 

"This election is an opportunity to take a stand against the Westminster politics of austerity and the Tory-led assault on the welfare state and public services.

"For the past four years, the Tories have been pursuing a vicious campaign of cuts and austerity, which has been targeted at the most vulnerable in society, children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long-term sick and large families.

"They are absolutely and ideologically committed to the destruction of key public services, particularly health, education, welfare and social housing.

"We have stood against the Tory assault on public services and the welfare state.

"The Tories have made it clear they intend to redouble their attack on the most vulnerable and on public services if they are returned to power at Westminster.

"A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote to oppose that agenda.

"The reaction from unionism has been the negative DUP and UUP election pact in response to our progressive politics and our commitment to the people.

"The DUP and the UUP are pro-austerity parties, which have much in common with the Tory cabinet of millionaires.

"While we are protecting the vulnerable, standing up for hospitals, schools and frontline services, the unionist alliance is more interested in blocking equality legislation, erecting flags and forcing marches through nationalist communities in North Belfast.

"Sinn Féin’s policies are about putting our people first."

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