Sinn Féin committed to fair economy for all - McGuinness
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Féin is opposed to austerity and is committed to delivering a fair economy for all.
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin's Westminster candidates this morning, Mr McGuinness said;
"Since the Tory-led British Government came into power in 2010 they have reduced the Executive’s budget in real terms by £1.5 billion.
"The vicious cuts to public services have been accompanied by a Thatcherite assault on the welfare state, on people with disabilities, the long-term sick and large families.
"The main British parties are committed to further eye-watering cuts in public spending.
"A new way is required to grow the economy, to create jobs and to deliver quality public services.
"Sinn Féin is opposed to austerity, returning economic power back into the hands of citizens and building a fair recovery.
"Following this election Sinn Féin will be seeking an immediate negotiation with the incoming British Government to; secure a viable budget to deliver public services; control economic powers to promote growth, jobs and prosperity; and protect those most in need.
"Any incoming British Government must get the message that we will resist austerity and cuts to our public services, our economy and our citizens.
"A new budget is required to deliver public services and we need the fiscal powers necessary to determine our own economic policy, to stabilise the political institutions and build on the progress of the peace process."