McGuigan calls on people of Ballymena to reject Britain First’s racism
Sinn Féin’s Philip McGuigan is calling on the people of Ballymena to ignore the hate-filled politics of Britain First.
The North Antrim MLA said
“I would urge people to ignore the dangerous rantings of this group. They have little concern for Ballymena or its people.
“They seem intent in trying to exploit the current situation to peddle their own extreme, racist views in an attempt to turn the local community against those from outside Ireland who wish to make Ballymena their home.
“The statutory agencies must be allowed to do their job to de-escalate the situation in Ballymena. I have no doubt if given the space and time this will happen and calm can be restored.
“There are lots of inaccurate and hysterical comments about immigration and foreign communities being posted on social media. This is wrong, unhelpful and only adds to the hysteria.
“Ballymena, the local community and the local economy have all benefited from the contribution of foreign nationals. This mutually beneficial relationship is something that can and should continue.”