We have now had four years of devolution. And while it’s good to have completed a full term, we have yet to show people the real benefits of having our own Government.
So this election is all the more crucial. It must produce an Assembly and an Executive that will start to deliver on the promise of devolution.
It must deliver in particular, on jobs and the economy, and it must deliver on uniting people.
The SDLP is proud of its track record of delivery. We appoint competent ministers and we use the power you entrust to us to make a real difference for you, your family and our entire community. We are absolutely committed to making the next Assembly deliver on uniting people and building prosperity.
Against a background of economic hardship and a budget imposing severe cuts to vital public services, your area will benefit from a strong SDLP team in the Assembly. And strong SDLP teams in Council chambers too.
We pledge to protect frontline services and fight for every job.
With your help we can return a first-class line-up of representatives with the ideal blend of experience, energy and imagination.
We will not accept devolution that is little different from Direct Rule.
We are brimming with ideas to move society forward, to build a stronger economy and to make Government work properly.
The SDLP will lead the new politics and transform the North.
Devolution could do much better.
The SDLP will make it work for you.
Policy Document: SDLP - Programme for Government