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SDLP response to election call a fundamental error – McGuinness

15 November, 2014 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has described the SDLP’s response to his call for progressive pro-Agreement parties to maximise representation at the next Westminster election as a fundamental error.

Mr McGuinness was speaking today in Dublin to a gathering of Republican activists from all over Ireland after the SDLP rejected his offer to open a discussion on developing a strategic pro-agreement approach to the next Westminster and Assembly elections.

 Martin McGuinness said:

 “I think the SDLP’s response to my call is a serious political mistake.

 “The refusal by the SDLP’s leadership to even discuss how best we can maximise progressive and pro-Agreement representation in Westminster and the local institutions is a fundamental error.

 “I believe the SDLP's negative response is an ill-thought out, knee-jerk reaction and represents a lost opportunity.

 “It demonstrates a lack of strategic vision on the part of the SDLP and points up the need for more innovative and forward-looking politics which can effectively counter the unionist anti-Agreement axis.” 

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