03 December 2019
DUP Lagan Valley Westminster candidate Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said the absence of any reference to health policy in the Sinn Fein manifesto demonstrates the Party is not serious about delivering for people in Northern Ireland.
Parliamentary Chief Whip; Spokesman on Defence and business in the House of Commons
Mr Donaldson said,
“The DUP has published a 12 Point Plan and a manifesto covering over 54 pages of detailed policy proposals to get Northern Ireland moving again. Those proposals covered our hospitals, schools, roads, elderly, mental health, broadband provision and protecting our environment.
SF’s manifesto is 15 pages including the front cover and three title pages. Across its 71 paragraphs, it has 7 attacks on the DUP, 16 mentions of a united Ireland but not a single mention of our elderly, school reforms, health reforms, new roads or communities living without proper broadband.
SF is the one party blocking devolution and the appointment of Ministers. This manifesto takes the people for granted.
I know Irish is important to some people and they deserve proper respect, but hospitals are important to everyone.
Whilst the DUP has delivered £1.5b for hospitals, schools and roads, SF has delivered nothing but chaos and now want a mandate to sit in Westminster and do nothing."
SF manifesto in numbers:
-7 attacks on DUP
-1 commitment to health workers - “safe staffing levels for health care workers”
-16 commitments to Irish Unity
-16 pages in Irish
-0 commitments for hospital reform
-0 commitments for school reform
-0 commitments to those with poor broadband
-0 commitments to our elderly