DUP campaign boosted Sinn Fein vote but took away from SDLP – McGrath

DUP marketing campaign boosted Sinn Fein vote however took away from SDLP – McGrath

DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson bolstered the vote secured by Sinn Fein and hindered that of his personal celebration in the course of the Meeting election marketing campaign, SDLP MLA Colin McGrath has mentioned.

peaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme, Mr McGrath mentioned the SDLP will now start a strategy of approaching former SDLP voters and discovering out why they moved away from the celebration.

It is after the celebration misplaced a 3rd of its MLAs within the Meeting election, dropping from 12 to eight, together with Mr McGrath who held onto his seat in South Down.

He admitted it was a “troublesome” election for the SDLP and mentioned the nationalist neighborhood was as an alternative centered on the goal of a nationalist first minister and the very best probability of securing the place.

Of DUP chief Sir Jeffrey, he mentioned: “He ran a reasonably good marketing campaign for nationalism and it labored higher for Sinn Fein than ourselves.

“The core message we now have nonetheless resonates – points like the price of residing and training are coming to the forefront and we want to have the ability to cope with these points,” he mentioned on Monday morning.

When requested whether or not Nichola Mallon, a excessive profile SDLP title who misplaced her seat in North Belfast and was Infrastructure Minister within the outgoing Govt, would get replaced, he mentioned: “We’re assembly at 11 o-clock at the moment and we now have quite a lot of issues to look at together with the substitute of Nichola, we’ll must go off and talk about that as a celebration,” he mentioned.

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With simply eight seats, the SDLP will not have a ministry within the new Govt if one is shaped.

“We have to attain out and discover individuals who beforehand voted SDLP however modified their vote this time and discover out what it was. Events who received massive votes over the weekend have massive sneakers to fill,” Mr McGrath mentioned.

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