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Michelle Gildernew MP selected as Fermanagh South Tyrone Westminster candidate
Published: 20 October, 2014
Ms Gildernew, the current MP for the constituency was re-selected to fight the Westminster campaign at a party convention meeting on Monday night (20th Oct.)
Michelle was first elected MLA for Fermanagh/South Tyrone in 1998 and has successfully retained her seat in the 2003 and 2007 elections.
Michelle was elected MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone in June 2001, 20 years after the historic victory of hunger striker Bobby Sands. Michelle was returned as MP in 2005 and again in 2010.
Speaking after the selection convention Ms Gildernew said,
"I am honoured to have been reselected to contest the historic Republican seat of Fermanagh South Tyrone in the next Westminster election. To continue to follow in the footsteps of Bobby Sands MP is a privilege and I am so lucky to have such a supportive Sinn Féin team behind me.
"There are parties who are prepared to bow under Tory ideology and implement cuts putting the most vulnerable people in even more poverty but Sinn Féin is not one of them.
"Sinn Féin offers an alternative to the politics of accepting the breadcrumbs thrown from London and will stand strong against measures designed to impoverish our communities.
"Every contest in this constituency has been a close call between Unionism and Nationalism and every time that Nationalists have come together we have won the seat and we need to ensure that this happens again.
"The people of Fermanagh/South Tyrone have elected a party that has used its mandate in a forthright manner in promoting the area, opposed fracking and protected basic services.
"I believe that there is growing mood for strong representatives who can make a difference and bring positive change to the lives of the people on this island and that the people of Fermanagh South Tyrone will again endorse that position." END
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