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SDLP response to election call a fundamental error - McGuinness

Published: 16 November, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has described the SDLP's response to his call for progressive pro-Agreement parties to maximise representation at the next Westminster election as a fundamental error.

He called on the SDLP to withdraw their candidates in Fermanagh/South Tyrone, Upper Bann and North Belfast with the objective of delivering electable pro-Agreement candidates.

Mr McGuinness was speaking on Saturday in Dublin after the SDLP rejected his offer to open a discussion on developing a strategic pro-agreement approach to the next Westminster and Assembly elections.

The audience was made up of a gathering of over 500 Republican activists from all across Ireland including Fermanagh/South Tyrone Sinn Féin representatives Bronwyn McGahan MLA, Sean Lynch MLA, Cllrs Debbie Coyle, Anthony Feely, John Feely and Stephen Huggett.

Martin McGuinness said:

"I think the SDLP's response to my call is a serious political mistake.

"The refusal by the SDLP's leadership to even discuss how best we can maximise progressive and pro-Agreement representation in Westminster and the local institutions is a fundamental error.

"I believe the SDLP's negative response is an ill-thought out, knee-jerk reaction and represents a lost opportunity.

"It demonstrates a lack of strategic vision on the part of the SDLP and points up the need for more innovative and forward-looking politics which can effectively counter the unionist anti-Agreement axis." ENDS