From Sir Jeffrey Donaldson <[email protected]>
Subject Will you help?
Date April 22, 2023 9:27 AM
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Good morning John

In 26 days, the polls will be open and Northern Ireland will elect 462 Councillors across 11 Councils.

After the last Council election, we were the largest party in 6 of the 11 Councils with 122 Councillors elected. Sinn Fein was the largest party in 5 Council areas.

In those republican dominated Councils, unionists have had a long four years where, often aided by the Alliance Party and the SDLP, there has been a steady removal of any semblance of Britishness ([link removed]) . Those Sinn Fein dominated Councils have also been at the fore of squandering rates on their pet projects such as Irish language signs ([link removed]) whilst at the same time often failing to deliver the basic services for ratepayers such as swimming lessons ([link removed]) or bin collections
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In just over three weeks as we go to the polls, we have a duty to remind our family, neighbours and friends that a shredded unionist vote will not strengthen Northern Ireland but rather it will deliver more Sinn Fein controlled Councils and a further erosion of Britishness in Local Government.

In this election, our slogan is Moving Forward Together because Northern Ireland must move forward together and so must unionism.

Just last year in North Antrim during the Assembly election, a DUP seat was lost to a non-unionist not because there were too few unionist votes, but because the votes were shredded between too many unionist candidates.

Northern Ireland needs unionism to stop dividing and start moving forward together. That’s what I am committed to. Encouragingly in many areas people are uniting behind the DUP and people are joining our ranks from all shades of unionism.

There will be no point in complaining about the election outcome unless we work together and people unite behind their DUP candidates.
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Earlier this week our Party Election Broadcast was featured on BBC and ITV. Its core message was about how this party has worked to get the foundations right for Northern Ireland to succeed. Take the time to catch it online and share ([link removed]) with friends.

Finally, what will you do to help our 150 candidates win this election?

Will you ensure you and your family are here on polling day to vote and if not will you get a Postal or Proxy vote ([link removed]) organised? The deadline for applying is in 4 days.

Will you help your local team canvas, prepare literature or erect posters?

Everyone has a part to play. Let’s work as a team and let’s get unionism and Northern Ireland moving forward together.

Many thanks,

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP
DUP Leader
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