Maginness - Bright future for the SDLP
Monday 8 June 2009
SDLP European Election candidate Alban Maginness has said his party's increased vote in the European Election is proof the SDLP has a bright future in upcoming elections.
He said: "I'm delighted that the SDLP has increased its percentage share of the vote from 15.9 per cent in 2004 and 15.2 per cent in the Assembly elections of 2007 to a total of 16.2 per cent this time around.
"This is down to the hard work and long hours put in by my party colleagues and campaign team. I'm heartened by the SDLP's performance which has consolidated our position and shows clear signs of hope for the future.
"Naturally, I'm disappointed not to have won a seat, not just for myself but for the people of the north. Furthermore, I'm deeply disappointed that more than 52 per cent of the electorate chose not to cast a vote in this election.
"It's important that people use their vote if they want to effect real change and the SDLP is confident that we can redouble our efforts and engage with the electorate once again."