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Spoiler candidates will help Tory/unionist alliance – O’Dowd

9 May, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said the SDLP are deluding themselves and trying to delude the electorate when they say their attendance at Westminster actually makes a difference to anything in the North.

The Sinn Féin MLA said:

“The SDLP have been taking their seats at Westminster for decades and they still can not point to any situation where they have affected substantial change to the British governments policies in the North. Indeed they failed to safeguard the interests of the North at Westminster during the Brexit debate.

“They are now intent on entering spoiler candidates in constituencies where they know they haven’t a snowballs chance in hell of winning the seat.

“They know it is down to a straight fight in North Belfast and Fermanagh/South Tyrone between the progressive, anti-Brexit, pro-equality Sinn Féin candidate and an austerity, Brexit, Tory supporting unionist candidate.

“We opened up the discussion for a progressive alliance but the SDLP came up with nothing reasonable. Sinn Féin aren’t intending to waste our time at Westminster, speaking to empty chambers when the North is discussed. The SDLP should re-appraise their spoiler attitude.” CRÍOCH/END

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