Northern Ireland Assembly Election: 30/01/2017 Party Election Broadcasts: Democratic Unionist Party


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Northern Ireland Assembly Election: 30/01/2017

A party election broadcast by the Democratic Unionist Party for the Northern Ireland Assembly.


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Just last May, you gave my party a mandate to lead Northern Ireland

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and I was honoured and humbled to become your First Minister.

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Back then, I asked for your support for my five-point plan

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for Northern Ireland and you gave it to me.

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Eight months on, my priority for Northern Ireland

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remains building a better society for everyone,

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with more jobs, greater opportunity for our young people,

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the highest standard of education

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and a health service that delivers for all who need it.

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A Northern Ireland moving forward and moving on from the conflict

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and division of the past, safe and secure in the United Kingdom.

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That is my focus and my priority.

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It is why I got into politics.

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It is what motivates me to keep going.

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The present difficulties endanger all that has been achieved,

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but I am determined to do what is right

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and work to move us all to a better future.

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The last few months have not been easy.

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Allegations have been made about me and my colleagues

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and I am pleased that a full independent public inquiry

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into the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has now been set up

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and cost control measures have been agreed.

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More than anyone, I want to get to the truth of what happened

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and I will not run from my responsibilities.

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I want us to resolve this situation and make politics work,

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but, in reality, the RHI has not caused this election.

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This election has been caused by Sinn Fein.

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It is designed to weaken unionism.

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They want to overturn the May election result -

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to try to gain a Sinn Fein First Minister

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and advance their republican agenda.

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In recent years, and particularly since May,

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we have made progress on making life better for all.

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This is an election that will decide

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the future direction of Northern Ireland.

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The election presents an important choice facing us all -

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the choice between keeping Northern Ireland moving forward

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to a strong, prosperous future, secure in the United Kingdom,

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or taking us the wrong direction, with a strengthened Sinn Fein

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pushing even harder for a united Ireland.

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That is why I am asking for your support -

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to build on the start we have made

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and to help keep Northern Ireland moving forward

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to a more secure future for us all.

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I am asking that you once again support me

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by voting DUP on Thursday the 2nd of March.

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