Anderson confident of taking Foyle seat
Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson says she has "every confidence" she will be elected as Foyle MP after being ratified as the party's candidate at a meeting on Wednesday night.
Ms Anderson is bidding to be the first Sinn Fin MP to represent Derry since 1918 in the forthcoming Westminster election which is expected to be held in May.
Setting out her manifesto for the election campaign, Ms Anderson says Derry voters have to choose between "the same failures of the past" - which have led the city into "economic decline" - or vote for Sinn Fin .
"If elected, building the economy and Derry's future will be my priority. I will use the office of MP to become a champion for this city and attract new jobs and investment.
"I have every confidence that I can achieve that because Sinn Fin has already demonstrated that we are the party that gets things done," she said.
Ms Anderson said that, as a member of a party in government, if elected she will ensure that Derry is kept at the top of minister's agendas.
"As MP for Foyle, I will continue to lobby my colleagues in the Assembly, our MEP Bairbre de Brn and the high level contacts built up over the years in London, Dublin and the USA for continued investment in the North West. I will also work closely with our colleague TDs from Leinster House in the different inter-Parliamentary bodies to ensure that Derry and the region are kept at the top of the agenda,.".
The Sinn Fin candidate also vowed to create a better city for Derry's young people. "We will create opportunities for those who never had them before, we will give our young people the chance to reach their full educational capabilities so that they can stay in their native city, earn a decent wage, rear their families and contribute positively to Building Derry's Future."
Ms Anderson also discussed Sinn Fin's involvement in the regeneration of Derry and compared it with the work of the SDLP. "They allowed David Trimble to veto the transfer of policing and justice. Mark Durkan barred any investment in the railway infrastructure in the North West. He failed to make any progress on Derry's regeneration," she said.
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