Commenting on the forthcoming election, Andrew Muir stated: “As Alliance Candidate I am firmly committed to developing a shared future where diversity is celebrated and division tackled.
“Examples from throughout the world show that where diversity is celebrated creativity abounds and the economy grows. We need a new society led by politicians who recognise this fact and are committed to tackling division rather than merely managing it.
“Whilst others are obsessed with the politics of Orange and Green, Northern Ireland remains divided and opportunities are being missed.
“The costs of division in Northern Ireland are estimated to be approximately £1billion. Many opportunities could arise if we tackled division and reinvested the money saved to create jobs by delivering a Green New Deal. A vote for Alliance is a vote for a shared future and jobs.
“If elected I will fight to both protect and create jobs, working to ensure the area benefits from a “Green New Deal” for Northern Ireland. The “Green New Deal” proposed by Alliance would, if implemented, create many jobs whilst also safeguarding the environment. As Alliance Candidate in the forthcoming election I am also committed to protecting the area from the drastic funding cuts proposed by the Conservatives.
“Newry and Armagh is a fantastic area. From Slieve Gullion Forest Park to the Newry Canal and the Orchards across Armagh County it has some of the most amazing attractions and is a great area for people to enjoy. Whilst we work to grow our economy we must ensure our local environment is protected. If elected I will work to ensure the introduction of strong legislation to stop businesses and individuals from harming the environment.
“When meeting people from the Constituency the recent expenses scandals have often been raised. People are rightly annoyed that some MPs abused the electorate’s trust and feel disconnected from politics. I understand why people feel annoyed and disconnected and will work hard to ensure that action is taken. MPs should be treated and act in exactly the same manner as other public servants, paid a decent wage but without special perks.
“On Thursday 6 May the electorate in Newry and Armagh will have the opportunity to select who they want to represent them at Westminster. A vote for me is a vote for real change away from the politics of the past and towards a new shared future.”