Deprivation should be tackled on basis of need

Conor Murphy told Conservatives in Blackpool today that it was time for Unionists to get real: ” There is no alternative plan. The Agreement is as good as it gets”.Clearly targeting the DUPs 50 page dossier on Unionist grievances, he went on to remark:

“If unionist communities are voiceless then that is a reflection on those elected to represent them. The figures for poverty and deprivation in the north indicate that the vast majority of areas suffering social exclusion and poverty are nationalist. Deprivation needs to be tackled on the basis of need – not on the basis of perception or to service a particular political agenda.”

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