Sinn Féin to stand aside in four constituencies in the upcoming election

Stormont Economy Minister Conor Murphy
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Sinn Féin have announced that they will not be contesting the upcoming election in four constituencies and have encouraged their supporters to vote for "progressive parties" in areas where they are not standing.

At the 2019 election, the party stood aside in East Belfast, South Belfast and North Down where they also encouraged their voters to back remain candidates.

This time around, the party will also stand aside in Lagan Valley where Alliance's Sorcha Eastwood is hoping to take the seat from the DUP who are running Upper Bann MLA Jonathan Buckley in the seat vacated by former party leader Jeffery Donaldson.

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Announcing their decision, Sinn Féin's Director of Elections Conor Murphy said: “In this election people can send a clear message about what they want for the future.

“By voting for Sinn Féin on 4th July people are endorsing strong leadership, positive change, and a commitment to work for all.

“People have an opportunity to vote for decisions about their life and their future to be made here, at home.

“They can support better funding for our public services and reject years of Tory cuts which have targeted workers and families.

“Change will only be delivered in the North by working together in the Executive and Assembly, but this election is our chance to send a clear message about the future we want."

“So let’s seize the opportunity to return the strongest Sinn Féin team and strong voices who want to keep moving forward to a new and better future."

Conor Murphy said that the party have listened to voters and to people on the ground and decided to stand aside in four constituencies.

“Sinn Féin will not contest the East Belfast, North Down, South Belfast, and Lagan Valley constituencies in this election," he said.

“It is clear that people want positive change, and in these constituencies we encourage voters to support progressive parties, who will reject Tory cuts and Tory pacts.

“We need every constituency fighting back against that and we have decided to give the best chance in those four constituencies to those progressive and inclusive candidates who can win.

“It was not an easy decision for Sinn Féin to make but we believe it is in the best interests of society here in the north.”

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