Belfast Telegraph

Our anti-establishment voice can grow: People Before Profit

By Michael McHugh, PA

Corruption is "endemic" at Stormont, People Before Profit (PBP) campaigner Eamon McCann has claimed.

But he said next month's Assembly election had come too soon for the party which won two seats in May.

"The election probably came too soon for us. We were in the process of expanding outside our original bases," he said.

"We had a five year plan to expand and put our roots down deeper, so that is disappointing," he told the campaign launch in Belfast yesterday.

The anti-establishment party is to attempt to retain Mr McCann's seat in Foyle and hopes to add a second in west Belfast, where Gerry Carroll topped the poll last time.

PBP is fielding seven candidates in six constituencies for the March 2 poll, centred on constituencies around the two main cities of Belfast and Londonderry. It was unable to field candidates in more constituencies as it had been planning to during council elections in 2019.

The party was one of the first to call for a Stormont election over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) boiler scandal although it threatened its own seats, it said.

Mr McCann took the sixth and final seat in Foyle. Gerry Carroll topped the poll in west Belfast.

The party accused Sinn Fein of moving into the centre ground and leaving their working class base exposed. Mr McCann said they were not specifically targeting Sinn Fein and appealed for DUP voters to join their "genuinely radical" alternative to the last coalition.

"We think we can grow an anti-establishment voice in this election and a voice that has more say inside Stormont," Mr Carroll added.

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