Farry says SDLP credibility on economy now at rock bottom

Alliance’s Stephen Farry has said the SDLP’s credibility on the economy has hit rock bottom, after the party pledged to ring-fence money maintaining a divided teacher system despite calling for more investment in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

The North Down candidate was speaking after SDLP leader Colum Eastwood announced his party would seek specific ring-fenced future funding for St Mary’s University College. Mr Farry said the SDLP could not have it both ways.

“The party are publicly saying they want to keep a segregated teacher training system, yet with the other side of their mouth they are calling for more investment in STEM subject. Any credibility the party had on the economy has hit rock bottom.

“Alliance is truly committed to integrated education, unlike others who say they are but then retreat to other systems at the first opportunity. Our attempts to reform the teacher training system respected pluralism and diversity but would have reduced costs, delivered a better service and improved relations by having a shared approach.

“It is disappointing other parties continue to divert the scarce resources we have into propping up an unsustainable and segregated system.”

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