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UUP decision won't stop Sinn Féin representing electorate

29 August, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said that the endorsement by the Ulster Unionist Executive to vote in favour of resigning from the Stormont Executive is more about attempting to achieve an electoral advantage over the DUP than any principled position.

 Mr Kelly said,

 “The decision tonight by the Ulster Unionist Executive to endorse Mike Nesbitt’s decision to resign from the Stormont Executive is not based on a principled stand.

 “This decision is based solely in attempting to gain an electoral advantage over the DUP and nothing else.

 “Tonight he has abdicated his responsibilities to the people who voted for his party and disenfranchised large swathes of Unionism.

 “The hypocrisy of the UUP can be seen in Mike Nesbitt standing shoulder to shoulder with Unionist paramilitary groups still engaged in violence, extortion and intimidation. 

 “Sinn Fein will not let Mike Nesbitt, nor anyone else for that matter, stop us from representing our electorate and we will continue to stand strong for all those people affected by the Tory cuts.

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