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Voting for UUP or SDLP will make a change

By 2020, 30% of children in Northern Ireland will be living in poverty. In 2017, this figure should be reducing - not rising.

This is a clear failure of government. Instead of reducing child poverty, the DUP and Sinn Fein Executive has delivered Nama, Red Sky, RHI and Research Services Ireland.

Every one of these has had one thing in common: wastage of public money by either Sinn Fein or the DUP.

The electorate has two choices: vote DUP or Sinn Fein or stay at home and you will get more of the same. Vote for the SDLP or UUP and you can put in power a different Executive - an Executive who crucially want to be in power together.

The SDLP and UUP recognise that the Office of First Ministers is joint, both have the same power and responsibility.

From at least this point of view, the SDLP and UUP Executive has one up on the DUP and Sinn Fein Executive.

Let's make this a change election.

GERARD McDONALD

Belfast

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