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Shaun Harkin selected to represent People Before Profit in Foyleside
12 Apr 2019
ShaunHarkin has been selected to stand for People Before Profit in the Foyleside DEA.
The PBP member said he takes his inspiration from James Connolly and believes people power campaigns will "gets things done" for ordinary people in the city.
"I'm honoured to have the opportunity to stand for People Before Profit in the Foyleside DEA. I grew up in Rosemount and know the issues people there and across the entire city face.
"I'm standing to give a voice to people left behind by welfare reforms, low pay and cuts to our public services. I take my inspiration from the great socialist and trade union campaigner James Connolly. If we want a real challenge to poverty and deprivation today we need activists - not more politicians.
"Over and over again, no matter what the issue is, we see people power campaigns are the way to get things done for ordinary people.
"People Before Profit representatives will use Council seats to build people power opposition to Tory austerity - instead of helping them implement cuts as the big parties here have done. We're asking people to use May 2nd to send a message they want an alternative to Tory/DUP/Sinn Fein welfare reforms, the school funding crisis and NHS waiting lists."
He continued: "We'll use our seats to campaign for LGBT+ rights, the right to choose, for respect for the Irish Language and to challenge pollution in working class areas. If we want to make progress we can't keep accommodating to parties who oppose equality. We can't allow them to pick and choose who gets rights and who doesn't."
"When it comes to the border - we won't allow a hard border to be imposed here. We can't allow people here to be collateral damage in the fight between Tory elites and EU bosses. Neither Westminster or Brussels care about ordinary people here. The Tories, the Irish government and the EU know there's no support for a hard border. If they fail to listen we need to mobilise in huge numbers across the island stop a hard border going up.
"If there's an attempt to impose a hard border, we should have the right to hold a poll on leaving the UK. People in Scotland and Catalonia have had this right. If we had a referendum, I'd be campaigning to end partition and for the opportunity to build a new socialist Ireland for the many, no matter what your background or community, and not for the super wealthy and powerful."
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