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Sinn Féin only effective opposition to Tory/unionist pact – Murphy

12 April, 2015 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy said today that the electorates of Fermanagh South Tyrone and North Belfast will reject the alliance between the British Tory party and unionists.

Mr Murphy was responding to comments by Nigel Dodds on RTÉ that the DUP would work with the Tories after the election.  

Conor Murphy said:

"Nigel Dodds’ comments are a transparent attempt to disguise the DUP's intention to do a deal with the Tory party.

“More importantly, however, is the stance of the Tory party. Theresa Villiers needs to explain why her party has joined with unionist and loyalist parties in an anti-Sinn Féin electoral pact. 

“The British Tories are standing in all constituencies in the north with the exception of North Belfast and Fermanagh/South Tyrone. 

“This is a clear attempt to prevent the election of two strong and articulate Sinn Féin MPs for these constituencies.

“But the growing alignment between unionism and the British Tories utterly undermines any claims of even-handedness by the current British government. It also raises serious questions about their ability to perform their role as guarantors of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements. 

“It also confirms that the Tories regard Sinn Féin as the only effective opposition to their attacks on public services and the most vulnerable in society. 

“This coalescing of unionist, loyalist and conservative forces is about stopping progress.  I am confident this right-wing electoral pact will be rejected by the people of North Belfast and Fermanagh/South Tyrone.”

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