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Parties must act together to deliver change – McGuinness

8 May, 2015 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said local parties need to develop a common approach to address the challenges presented by the new Tory government.

Speaking today, Martin McGuinness said:

“It is now clear that the Tory party will form a majority government. This presents a huge challenge to all our parties and society.

“The actions of the Tory party over the last five years have had a negative impact on the management of the political process and has been disastrous in terms of our budget, our economy and our people.

“The Tories are now threatening further savage cuts to our budget and to welfare, as well as a referendum on EU membership.

“This referendum puts our farming and rural communities at risk. It would remove key support from communities engaged in peace-building and cross-border regeneration, and it would damage the work we are doing to encourage investment and in particular our success in attracting Foreign Direct Investment.

“These Tory polices, which undermine the Executive’s ability to deliver public services and look after the most vulnerable in society, will continue to fail all of our people and our economy.

“It is time for all of the local parties to work together on behalf of all the people and public services particularly in health, education and welfare.

“All of the parties in The Executive and Assembly need to urgently develop a common approach to address the challenges presented by the new Tory government.

“We have demonstrated that when all of the Executive parties act together we can deliver real change. We must now act to avert five more years of cuts to public services and attacks on the vulnerable.”

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