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Maskey: Victory a vote against cuts

Sinn Fein will be rapping on the door of 10 Downing Street to demand an end to austerity cuts, the party's victorious West Belfast candidate has vowed.

Paul Maskey said his resounding victory in the constituency represented a vote against the Conservatives' agenda at Westminster.

Mr Maskey secured 19,163 votes, securing a majority of more than 12,300 over his nearest competitor.

The seat was long held by Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams before he swapped politics north of the Irish border for a place in the Irish Dail in Dublin.

Mr Maskey said his party would confront David Cameron with a stark anti-austerity message on the steps of Downing Street if he was returned as prime minister.

"This was a vote against austerity," he said.

"This was a vote against Tory cuts and this was a vote against all the cuts on welfare reform. This is an outstanding success from Sinn Fein."

In what was only ever going to be a one-horse race, Gerry Carroll from the People Before Profit party notched a notable personal success.

He came in second with 6,798 votes, knocking the SDLP, which once held the seat, back into third position.

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