Statement to voters
“Working class people – employed, unemployed, young people and pensioners – need a Workers Party, committed to uniting workers to defend their own interests. This election is an opportunity to affirm that at the ballot box”,
Sinn Fein’s record of representation in West Belfast is a scandal, a disgrace and an insult to the people of this constituency.
For nearly 30 years West Belfast has returned a Sinn Fein MP to Westminster. – but it has resulted in absolutely no benefit for local people.
“Paul Maskey, and Gerry Adams before him, have presided over rising unemployment, an increasing reliance on benefits and escalating levels of poverty and low income.
“Sinn Fein’s neglect of this constituency is a scandal, a disgrace and an insult to all local people – young and old alike.
“This is how West Belfast has fared under there decades of Sinn Fein representation
• 43% of children in West Belfast are growing up in poverty. That figure rises to almost 48% In the Colin Glen area
• Local unemployment levels are running at almost 8%
• Only 6% of Invest NI funding has come to West Belfast in the past three years
• Nearly half of all local people over 16 are dependent of at least one form of benefit
• A lower proportion of pupils from West Belfast, than elsewhere, go on to further education”
That is the return for voting for Sinn Fein. Yet Sinn Fein says that West Belfast has suffered “…decades of neglect and a lack of investment”. What they avoid saying is that it’s happened on their watch and that they are responsible.
This statement was added by Conor Campbell, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Conor Campbell may be appearing.
(Past event) Wednesday 17 April 2019 16:00–18:00: MAC Election Question Time: Reaching our potential - where now for Arts and Culture in Belfast?, The MAC Belfast BT1 2NJ.
(Past event) Thursday 11 April 2019 09:00–11:00: Local Government Business Hustings, Assembly Buildings Conference Centre BT1 6DW.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The Belfast local election, as the The Workers Party candidate for the Black Mountain
- 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the The Workers Party candidate for the Belfast West
- 2017: The 2017 Northern Ireland Assembly Election, as the The Workers Party candidate for the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West
- 2016: The 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election, as the The Workers Party candidate for the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West
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