SDLP European candidate Alex Attwood has thanked the people of Derry for their warm welcome when he visited during his European election campaign.
Mr Attwood met with a wide range of groups and organisations during visits to the city, since February.
Mr Attwood said, “The highlight of this campaign for me has been the opportunity to visit so many cities, towns and villages across the North and to meet so many people. At this point, I have travelled almost 10,000 miles and met thousands of people.
“When I was in Derry on visits, starting in February, it was great to meet so many different groups including The Verbal Arts Centre, Kinship Care, Rosemount Resource Centre, Foyle Womens Aid and New Horizons, and to hear about what Europe means for them, their organisations and businesses and their communities.
“In Derry, as in other areas across the North, I heard of the frustration and disappointment in how Government has failed this community. I heard of stagnation and missed opportunities. Again and again, people told me of the need for a strong, decisive and effective voice to represent them in Europe.
“When I met groups and canvassed the doors with MP Mark Durkan, MLAs Mark H Durkan and Colum Eastwood and Brenda Stevenson, Councillors John Boyle, Shauna Cusack, Brian Tierney, Gus Hastings, Jim McKeever and Martin Reilly, and candidates Rory Farrell, Emmet Doyle and Dermott Henderson, I heard of the worries of hard pressed families who are struggling and fearful of their children’s future.
“I told everyone I met that we have a choice now, to go further down the road of bad government, being anti-Europe, exploiting fears and old politics or that we can get things done with an effective voice in Europe and a new politics that will live up to the needs and hopes of our people.
“I have been struck repeatedly by the can-do attitude, entrepreneurial drive, commitment, energy and positive spirit across Northern Ireland. People need an MEP who can help them to realise their ambitions.
“The SDLP are very close to winning the third seat and it will only take an extra 1,000 more votes on the final count according to a recent opinion poll. This is why the SDLP appeal is to our core vote and to others. The strongest vote in the election is the one that sends out the biggest message to those who have failed us and for the many who are looking for a positive, progressive, strong and decisive future.”