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Bradshaw says SDLP appeal trading in the politics of fear

May 18, 2017 12:12 PM

Paula Bradshaw profile pic 2Alliance South Belfast Westminster candidate Paula Bradshaw has said the SDLP is trading in the politics of fear after its leader Colum Eastwood appealed for unionists to vote for his party to stop Sinn Fein.

Ms Bradshaw said the plea "smacked of desperation" in a bid to save the SDLP's Westminster seats.

"Colum Eastwood claimed his party represents everyone but in the same breath admitted the SDLP is a nationalist party. By its very definition, it cannot therefore provide fair representation to everyone.

"In South Belfast for example, which is the most open and diverse constituency in Northern Ireland, people should have representatives who can stand up for everyone, not just one section of the community.

"This just smacks of desperation and gives into the politics of fear. What about everyone who doesn't identify as unionist or nationalist? We have had enough of sectarian headcounts. Alliance is the only party able to challenge both unionism and nationalism in South Belfast and beyond, as evidenced at the most recent Assembly election.

"We are best placed to give people the choice they deserve in this election, representing the entire community while rejecting the politics of division."

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