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Lewis intervention high handed and unhelpful – Kearney

29 May, 2015

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has described comments by Ivan Lewis, British Labour Shadow spokesperson on the north, on Friday evening as "high handed" and "unhelpful” at this time.

Declan Kearney said:

"Against the back drop of the growing austerity crisis in the north, and Theresa Villiers’ threats to escalate this situation into a full-blown political crisis, the remarks by Ivan Lewis were a poorly judged intervention.

“His criticism of Sinn Féin and other parties, and his choice of language were both high handed and totally unhelpful.

“Sinn Féin has an electoral mandate to oppose austerity in the north of Ireland, and to defend the living standards of our people. 

“We will not be complicit with the Tory agenda of decimating public services and inflicting hardship and poverty on the most vulnerable from all sections of our community.

“The Executive parties and civic society need to stand together to oppose austerity.  

“The labour movement must be central to that effort.

“As Labour Party spokesperson on the north, Ivan Lewis should be supporting that strategy, instead of acquiescing to the austerity cuts agenda of the new Tory government."

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