18/09/2019

SF Mayor To Contest Election In North Belfast

The Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor John Finucane is set to contest the next general election for a seat in north Belfast.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly confirmed he will nominate the Mayor to contest for the Westminster seat.

Mr Kelly said: "With the chaos in Westminster continuing, the likelihood of an election is increasing daily.

"I am proud to be nominating the current Mayor of Belfast, John Finucane to stand for Sinn Féin in that election.

"That will be our opportunity to reject the madness of the Tory/DUP Brexit and build support for Irish Unity. Sinn Féin is ready to fight that election and to seize the opportunity to oust Brexiteer DUP MPs.

"Given the catastrophe that Westminster is attempting to force upon our island it is vital that we continue to show Dublin, Europe and the world that we reject Brexit, borders and the DUP.

"I am confident that in John Finucane we can return a pro-Remain anti-Brexit MP in North Belfast."
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The councillor will be officially nominated at the party's selection convention which is due to take place on Sunday 22 September at Belfast Castle.

Meanwhile, Alliance has selected John Blair to contest the south Antrim seat in the forthcoming election.

Mr Blair has been MLA for the area since replacing David Ford in June 2018.

He said: "It is important we give everyone in Northern Ireland the chance to vote for the party which has the best chance of bringing together people of all shades from right across the community. We are the only Remain party who can win in South Antrim, with recent polls showing there is a strong possibility that is exactly what will happen.

"Our politics has recently been beset by scandal and disrepute. I want to help change that by bringing accountability and good governance as South Antrim MP. Constituents here, just like right across Northern Ireland, deserve the best political representation in a region with the same socially progressive laws as the rest of the UK and Ireland. I want to help bring them that."



(JG/CM)

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