Wednesday 24 October 2018

Seven seats of influence

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Photo: Reuters
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - With no possibility of Sinn Fein moving from its policy of abstention, is it not time for it to consider vacating its seven seats at Westminster, allowing for seven by-elections in Northern Ireland?

In these by-elections, the SDLP could be encouraged to run candidates, and with the support of Sinn Fein, the seven selected SDLP candidates would thus be assured of the Republican/Nationalist vote and certain electoral success.

Those seven SDLP MPs would then constitute a virtual balance of power in Westminster, giving Nationalist Ireland a very strong say in the UK government's Brexit policy, particularly in relation to the island of Ireland.

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