DUP launches election manifestos

DUP launches election manifestos

The DUP has launched its European and local council election manifestos, campaigning under the slogan "standing up for Northern Ireland".

It may be the largest party in Northern Ireland, but on Tuesday DUP leader Peter Robinson gave a dire warning that a shredding of the unionist vote could be a disaster.He said: "I think everyone at home knows when you have two nationalist, republican candidates and you have half a dozen unionist candidates, it is going to shred the unionist vote and reduce the amount of votes that every party has. That damages unionism."People should be voting for the Democratic Unionist Party. It is the only party that is strong enough to be taking on the republican agenda and defeating it."In the local government elections, the DUP is pledging low rates. It also intends to promote the economy and support for the flying of flags and symbols at council buildings.European candidate Diane Dodds is defending a seat she won at the last European election.The DUP are confirmed Euro-sceptics and Mrs Dodds had a warning for Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of any negotiations on future membership of the EU.She said: "We warn them that we are not up for renegotiation that is tinkering around the edges."We are up for a renegotiation that its radical change, that provides us with the Europe of free trading sovereign nations. We want control of our own borders, control over our own money and control over our own laws. Anything less than that will not do."The election will take place on 22 May.European Election CandidatesAlliance Party - Anna LoDUP - Diane DoddsGreen Party - Ross BrownNI21 - Tina McKenzieNI Conservatives - Mark BrotherstonSDLP - Alex AttwoodSinn Féin - Martina AndersonTUV - Jim AllisterUKIP - Henry ReillyUUP - Jim Nicholson

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