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Green Party NI leader approaches pro-remain parties to put forward agreed candidates


Green Party leader Clare Bailey

Green Party leader Clare Bailey

Green Party leader Clare Bailey

The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland has said she's written to the leaders of pro-remain parties here in an attempt to discuss agreed candidates for the anticipated general election.

Clare Bailey said on Wednesday she's sent letters to the leaders of the SDLP, Sinn Fein and the Alliance Party as a result of speculation an election may take place in mid-October.

"The people of Northern Ireland voted to remain and it's vital that our MPs reflect that. These are extraordinary and precarious times as we face into a no deal Brexit and continuing chaos at Westminster," she said.

"In the face of a snap General Election, a no-deal Brexit and chaos at Westminster, we must put the interests of the people ahead of those of any single party or prospective candidate."

The suggestion has had one response from a party leader so far, with the SDLP's Colum Eastwood saying he would be receptive to the idea and would meet Clare Bailey to discuss her proposal.

"I'd be delighted to meet to discuss how we can maximise the number of MPs from here prepared to go and vote against Brexit," he said.

There has been no public response from either Sinn Fein or the Alliance Party as of yet.

Belfast Telegraph