SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie has criticised Sinn Féin for claiming expenses from the House of Commons while not taking their seats.
She also said: “The main concern in this election, brought up time and time again is the issue of jobs.
“Bringing jobs and investment to the North is the top priority of the SDLP. We will also oppose cuts to front-line services.
“Westminster is vital to us. Those who say otherwise are just wrong.
“London decides how much we have to spend on health, housing and education.
“Social security, taxation and pensions are decided there too.
“It is essential that people are represented by MPs who will take their seats and do the work.”
Party leader Mrs Ritchie is defending the SDLP’s South Down seat, with Sinn Fein’s Caitriona Ruane providing the main challenge.