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Controversial voting record of current MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone highlighted - Feely

Published: 18 April, 2017

Sinn Féin Erne North Councillor, John Feely, has highlighted the right-wing controversial voting record of the current MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone.

Councillor Feely said,

"With a Westminster election being called you will hear a lot of talk in the media about the 'centre ground' being squeezed.

"When the media talk of this centre ground they include the UUP, the party of Tom Elliott, the man who refuses to attend GAA matches, once claimed people killed by Loyalists and the British army are 'not real victims' and openly called members of Sinn Féin scum. The list could go on and on.

"As Elliott is the UUP's standard bearer at Westminster I thought a little glimpse into his voting record wouldn't go amiss.

"On the 13th of March '17 he voted for the North of Ireland to leave the EU against the wishes of the majority of people in the North and the majority in his own constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone.

"On the 8th of February '17 he voted in support of the CETA deal between Canada and the EU. An agreement that will lead to the privatisation of public services, give powers for large multi-nationals to sue elected governments and give corporations a greater say in regulations on food safety, workers safety and environmental protections.

"Also on the 8th of February '17 he voted to make it harder for school teachers, health workers, transport workers and fire service personnel to take industrial action.

"On the 24th of January '17 he voted to restrict the rights of trade unionists working in the Health Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service and in the rail and bus services to take industrial action.

"On the 26th of May '16 he voted to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. This act protects the right to life, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial and prohibits torture, slavery and forced labour. The Tories have been working to repeal it since 2007.

"On the 14th of December '16 he voted against calling on the Tory government to ensure women are not disproportionately impacted by tax and benefits changes.

"On the 18th of July '16 he voted to spend 167 billion pounds over thirty years to replace Britain's nuclear submarines. That is over five and a half billion pounds a year that could go to hospitals or schools instead. "On the 2nd of December '15 he voted for the British to bomb Syria. That bombing continues to this day. It has cost hundreds of civilian deaths and tens of millions of pounds to execute. The humanitarian crisis in Syria has not been made any better over the last eighteen months of bombing.

"Nothing about Tom Elliott or the UUP bears any semblance to the centre ground.

"For the last two years the local media didn't pay much attention to Elliott's voting record because it didn't fit their narrative of the 'parties of the centre ground.'

"Now is the time to get rid of Tom Elliott and to vote for Sinn Féin, a progressive, forward looking party that will stand up for human rights and workers rights. A party that will stand up against Brexit, CETA, imperial wars and nuclear armament." - Ends/Críoch