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SDLP announces 18 candidates for general election

'This election is about Brexit. Theresa May is seeking a mandate for a hard Brexit, a hard border and even harsher austerity'

The SDLP has announced 18 candidates standing in the forthcoming Westminster election.

Mr Eastwood said that the "best way to fight a hard Brexit, a hard Border and even harder austerity is to vote for SDLP candidates who will take the fight to the Tories".

He said: "This election is about Brexit. Theresa May is seeking a mandate for a hard Brexit, a hard border and even harsher austerity. If she wants to reinforce the referendum result then let’s do that. Let’s send the strongest team of pro-Europe MPs to Westminster to represent the will of our people and take on the Tories.

"We need MPs who will take a stand against the Tory elite. That means taking your seat and voting against them.

"The SDLP has the longest and the strongest pro-Europe record of any party on these islands. Europe is in our political DNA. We are in the strongest position to make a difference as part of a strong coalition of SNP, Labour, Plaid Cymru and Green MPs.

"The choice in June is clear - it’s pro Brexit MPs, absentee MPs, or a strong anti-Brexit coalition. On June 8th, vote to take on the Tories. Vote SDLP."

The 18 SDLP candidates

FoyleMark Durkan
South BelfastAlasdair McDonnell
South DownMargaret Ritchie
East AntrimMargaret Anne McKillop
East BelfastSéamas de Faoite
East DerryStephanie Quigley
Fermanagh & South TyroneMary Garrity
Lagan ValleyPat Catney
Mid UlsterMalachy Quinn
Newry & ArmaghJustin McNulty
North AntrimDeclan O’Loan
North BelfastMartin McAuley
North DownCaoímhe McNeill
South AntrimRoisin Lynch
StrangfordJoe Boyle
Upper BannDeclan McAlinden
West BelfastTim Attwood
West TyroneDaniel McCrossan

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