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Mallon: Mental Health judgment underlines need for PIP changes

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon MLA has said that a High Court ruling that the British Government’s PIP changes ‘blatantly discriminated’ against people with mental health problems once again underlines the callous nature of the benefit shakeup.
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McGrath: First Minister should not bend the knee to Tories

SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has called on the First Minister to stand up for the people of Northern Ireland by standing against the crippling austerity and narrow isolationist agenda of the Conservative Party.
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Ritchie: Next wave of Welfare Reform will dehumanise the sick

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has branded the Conservative Government plans for the next phase of welfare reform as an attempt to dehumanise the sick and rob vulnerable people of their dignity.
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McDonnell: Backroom deals will not resolve welfare dispute

SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP has said that backroom deals between the DUP and Sinn Féin will not resolve the welfare dispute but will damage relations with other parties.
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McDonnell: British Government must be active participants for peace

SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP has called on the British Government and Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to demonstrate that they are active participants for peace and will not jeopardise the devolved institutions in the pursuit of austerity.
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