Speaking in front of assembled party members and others at Alliance’s 46th annual conference at the La Mon Hotel today (Saturday), the South Antrim MLA said the other Executive parties had been guilty of holding back Northern Ireland for too long.
“The leaders of the other main parties have failed time and again to deliver the significant, important changes this society needs. They have dithered and disagreed, protecting their own votes at the expense of progress. They have prevented us from dealing with the past in a way which would allow us to move into the future.
“Unlike others, Alliance has a proven record of working to unite this community, of fiscal responsibility and of progressive social values. They are the values that have driven Alliance for 46 years. No other party is fully committed to building a united community and no other party can say it is as representative of every section of the community as Alliance.
“It is time we stopped the delay, the fudge and the waffle of other parties and moved ahead, further and faster, to build a united community. No other party puts that first, no other party has that commitment and no other party can be trusted to deliver on that essential change.
“It is time to move forward, end the stop-start and move forward, faster.”