Patsy McGlone has been formally
nominated to contest the 2017 Assembly election in Mid Ulster on behalf of
(Handing in nomination papers
at the Electoral Office, 1st February. Pictured, left to right, Cllr
Martin Kearney, Deputy Returning Officer Rae Kirk, Patsy, John Clayton, Cllr
Christine McFlynn and Cllr Malachy Quinn.)
Speaking after submitting his
nomination papers at the Electoral Office on Wednesday 1st February, Mr
McGlone said: “I am humbled to have been nominated once again to contest the
2017 Assembly Election, and by the vote of confidence given to me by my
fellow SDLP members from across Mid Ulster.
“It has been my great honour and
privilege to represent all the people of Mid Ulster in the Assembly. As your
representative I’ve seen communities across our constituency rally together
in tough times to support each other. Make no mistake about it, the last ten
years of DUP and Sinn Féin mis-rule has seen tough times visited on the
people of this area.
“This election is a direct result of
those parties’ continued failure in government.
“Their inability to work together
threatens our health service, the agricultural sector, education and rural
services. In the 8 months since the last election they have failed to agree
a Budget and failed to agree a Programme for Government.
“The SDLP goes into this election with
a plan of action to resolve these issues.
“We are determined to see progress on
the public inquiry into the RHI scheme – a public inquiry that the SDLP
insisted on from the start. There will be accountability for any wrong-doing
or corruption revealed by that public inquiry.
“We will work to prevent the closure
of GP surgeries and address the lengthening waiting lists in our health
“We will remove the threat to charge
pupils for school transport, transport that is vital in our rural
“We will deliver progress on an Irish
“The SDLP were the only local party
that actively campaigned against Brexit, and that this week voted against it
“The SDLP has a strategy for jobs
growth, for cutting waiting lists, improving our education system, and for
securing sustainable economic growth that benefits all the people.
“The choice on March 2nd is simple -
more of the same or make change happen.
“The SDLP offers real change, and real
new leadership. I’m proud to be offering that to the people of Mid Ulster.”