Tuesday, February 27, 2007

SDLP Manifesto for Change Launched

The SDLP has launched its manifesto for the elections on March 7th, available to read online. Unique in its scope and detail, the Manifesto sets out the Party's policies for unlocking the North's potential and giving our hardworking families the real progress they deserve.

Lagan Valley candidate Marietta Farrell, pictured above, set out the Party's proposals on affordable housing and combatting spiralling household bills.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Candidates Officially Launched

The campaign has been underway for a few weeks now, but the candidates were only officially launched today. Belfast's The Edge was the venue for the official unveiling of 35 candidates across all 18 constituencies.

The candidate team is the best mix of gender, geography and generation we have seen in Northern politics.

Childcare Comes First

SDLP candidate for Mid-Ulster Kate Lagan was promoting the Party's strategy on childcare yesterday at the Kidz Lodge in Magherafelt. Kate got a very positive reception as she outlined the Party's belief that working families shouldn't have to choose between working full time to pay for quality childcare and walking away from a livelihood.

Kate is pictured above spending time with the tiny tots of Kidz Lodge, Magherafelt.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Assembly Can Make Difference on Housing

The average house in the North of Ireland is now £9,000 more than the average house in Britain. This is despite the fact that salaries remain considerably lower. In the meantime, British direct rule Ministers do nothing. Party Deputy Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP today launched the party's strategy on tackling both housing affordability and the need for social housing.

He's pictured above with two first time buyers in the Lower Ormeau area, Chris and Louise.

SDLP Election Broadcast a Hit

Party Leader Mark Durkan MP (pictured above keeping touch with the campaign team) was on hand yesterday to launch the Party's Party Election Broadcast. The broadcast, which can be viewed here (coming to YouTube soon) features a range of people from around the North talking about their frustrations with politics here and why they believe that a stronger SDLP is the only way to unlock things and deliver real progress.

Feedback has been excellent.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Spreading the Love...

Happy Valentines Day bloggers. We hope that all our loyal voters got what they were expecting this morning from loved ones. Commuters coming through the Europa Bus and Train station earlier got a surprise Valentines greeting from the campaign team who were distributing special edition cards. They were asked to help us kiss Direct Rule goodbye.

Marietta Farrell, the candidate for Lagan Valley is pictured above with a young commuter.