Responses to Questionnaires From Candidates Standing for Election

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05 May 2011

NIPSA, Northern Ireland’s largest public service trade union wishes to put a number of questions relating to the economy and public services in Northern Ireland to all candidates and parties standing in both the elections in May to the NI Assembly and local government.

We are concerned that the UK Government’s austerity programme will severely damage the economic, social and community infrastructure in Northern Ireland by undermining growth in jobs, by attacking the welfare state and by reducing vital public services to the public. 

Questionnaires with 10 questions were issued to all candidates standing in Northern Ireland constituencies in the forthcoming UK General Election to answer. The answers provided by each candidate will be posted on the NIPSA website before the election on 5th May for information purposes and to enable members to cast their vote with a knowledge of the position of the candidates on a number of issues directly affecting public services.

Belfast East

Brian Ervine -  PUP

Belfast North

Alban Maginness - SDLP

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

Patrick J Cox Independent

North Down

Steven Agnew - Green Party


Pol Callaghan - SDLP

Terence Doherty - Independent

Pat Ramsey - SDLP


Joe Boyle - SDLP

Belfast East

Tommy Black - Socialist Party  

Belfast South

Paddy Meehan - Socialist Party
Belfast West

Pat Lawlor - Socialist Party
Lagan Valley
Trevor Lunn - Alliance

Conor-Quinn - Green Party

Belfast West

John Lowry - The Workers Party

(This reply represents the Party policy which includes candidates John Lavery - North Belfast, Kevin McNally - East Belfast and Paddy Lynn - South Belfast).

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