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Villiers denial of cuts agenda not helpful

2 June, 2015 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin negotiator Conor Murphy today accused British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers of being in denial that it is her government’s cuts agenda, which is the root cause of the current crisis.

Conor Murphy said:

“The present difficulties facing the Executive are the direct consequence of Tory austerity cuts and their attempts to impose further welfare cuts on the most vulnerable in society.

“The British government is planning another £25bn of cuts to public services and welfare yet Theresa Villiers continues to refuse to spell out the impact of these cuts on the people of the north. 

“She is clearly in denial of the role of her government’s austerity policies in provoking the crisis and there is no indication she is serious about addressing the key issues.

“The Tories have no mandate in the north for their cuts agenda.

“The local parties need to make it clear that Tory cuts to public services and the welfare state are unacceptable.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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