Workers Party candidate Conor Campbell has called on local voters to think about what really matters to working class people in West Belfast.
“This election has been dominated by talk of sectarian pacts, inter-party deals and paper candidates”, he said. The major parties have sought to turn the campaign into yet another sectarian headcount, this time based on Brexit and the Border. The reality is that it is about neither”, Conor said .
“Before we cast our votes on June 8th we need to look beyond the political posturing and the electoral rhetoric and recognise that daily life here is plagued by very real, pressing and systemic problems.
- 43% of children in West Belfast are growing up in poverty. That figure rises to almost 48% In the Colin Glen area
- Local unemployment levels are running at almost 8%
- Only 6% of Invest NI funding has come to West Belfast in the past three years
- Nearly half of all local people over 16 are dependent of at least one form of benefit
- A lower proportion of pupils from West Belfast, than elsewhere, go on to further education