SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has encouraged voters to come out on Thursday and back the party’s candidates to send a message to the DUP and Sinn Féin that it’s time for parties to come back together and for politicians to get back to work.
The Foyle MLA said that the SDLP’s ambitious vision for local government would future-proof towns and cities, prepare communities for the impact of Brexit and begin serious work to tackle the climate crisis.
He said: “The SDLP has a bold vision for towns and cities across Northern Ireland. Too many communities have been let down and left behind by parties interested only in themselves. We want to create communities fit for the future, building more homes, attracting more new jobs, creating a skilled workforce and preparing to tackle the climate crisis. Our councils have the power to help with that work.
“This Thursday, the SDLP is your best choice for better local government. But this election also offers people the opportunity to send a very clear message to those responsible for two years of dangerous political drift that has seen hospital waiting times get longer, the crisis in schools funding deepen and the welfare cliff edge draw closer. It’s time for parties to come together again and for politicians to get back to work.
“The SDLP has been hard at work and we’ve made a bold proposal to suspend the petition of concern for the lifetime of this Assembly mandate to resolve the challenges we face. It’s not out first choice solution but we believe it provides a pathway back to powersharing.
“Nothing will change if you sit at home on Thursday. It will be used as an endorsement of the politics of division and deadlock which has failed. Come out and vote for parties that are trying to get back to work, parties that want to work together. Vote SDLP.”