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Financial Sanctions - An attempt to prevent further Sinn Féin advances

8 February, 2006


Commenting on the moves today in Westminster by the British government to end the financial discrimination against Sinn Féin and our electorate, Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness said that ‘the financial sanctions had been used to try and distort the electoral landscape and prevent further Sinn Féin advances’.

Mr McGuinness said:

“The British government introduced these discriminatory sanctions in a bid to distort the electoral landscape and give advantage to our political opponents who support the status quo. They were a crude attempt to prevent further Sinn Féin advances which ultimately failed at subsequent elections as our support continued to rise.

“These monies are not as some are suggesting a British government handout. They are monies which are the entitlement of the people who vote Sinn Féin in ever increasing numbers and contribute in the same way as supporters of all of the other political parties.

“Sinn Féin are absolutely opposed to discrimination on the grounds of political belief. Those who supported these sanctions clearly are not.

“Throughout the past year we have consistently argued with the British government to bring this political discrimination to an end and once again ensure that elections here are fought on a level political playing field.” ENDS

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