Jobs top SDLP’s priority list in Derry Manifesto

SDLP Foyle Assembly candidates Mark H Durkan, party leader Colum Eastwood and Gerard Diver.
SDLP Foyle Assembly candidates Mark H Durkan, party leader Colum Eastwood and Gerard Diver.

THE SDLP’s Foyle Assembly candidates have vowed to fight for more jobs as they prepared to launch their Derry Manifesto today.

The plan outlines the party’s specific commitments to the city and its people in advance of the Assembly Elections on May 5. The manifesto outlines the SDLP’s Fairness Promise for jobs, government investment and a Derry ‘City Deal.’

The SDLP team said it will only enter a government which delivers the A5, A6 and the expansion of Magee.

Party leader Colum Eastwood said the manifesto was “designed to finally deliver fairness to this city.”

“People in Derry are rightly frustrated and angry,” he said. “Promises have been made to this city time and again and have been broken time and again. After this election, for the first time ever, there will be a period of two weeks of negotiations to agree a five year Programme for Government. There will be no independents in that negotiation. Only the SDLP are in a position to deliver the best deal for Derry.”

Mr. Diver said the SDLP’s Fairness Promise “will spread work, wealth and opportunity. Stormont’s current leadership have presided over the economic repartitioning of the North,” he said.

Mr Durkan added: “A new ‘City Deal’ would put the driving power for Derry’s future in Derry’s hands. In Inverness and Aberdeen, City Deals have unlocked hundreds of millions of pounds and powers which are reshaping the fortunes of those cities. Derry needs and deserves the same.”