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SDLP Comments After Losing South Down Seat

Margaret Ritchie, the SDLP candidate for South Down in the recent Westminster election, who lost her seat to Sinn Féin’s newcomer Chris Hazzard, has issued a statement. Ms Ritchie said: “The General Election that has just taken place has produced a more polarised society throughout Northern Ireland.  It is important that…

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Ritchie Slams Theresa May Over Winter Fuel Payment Cuts

SDLP candidate for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has railed against Tory plans to cut the Winter Fuel Payment for thousands of pensioners. Responding to Conservative Party’s plans to introduce a means-test in the Winter Fuel Payment, Ms Ritchie said: “Theresa May called this election to give herself a strong hand for…

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Ritchie Hits Out At DARD At SDLP Party Conference

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has hit out at the Department for Agriculture while speaking at her party’s annual SDLP conference in Armagh.   She said there was a “poor record of delivering for local farmers” and called for the DARD Minister to do more to fight for their needs…

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MP Ritchie Concerned at Farm Modernisation Scheme Claim Refusals

SOUTH Down MP Margaret Ritchie has expressed her concern at refusals over farm modernisation claims. She said: “In the past number of days I have been made aware of cases from my constituents where, as a result of a Department official’s interpretation of the intended use of farm equipment, or…

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Ritchie Says UK Government Must Reduce VAT For Businesses In Tourism And Hospitality Sector

SOUTH Down Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has criticised the UK government for failing to follow the lead of the Irish government in reducing the VAT rate for businesses that operate in the tourism and hospitality sector. Ms Ritchie said: “The Irish government took the positive step of cutting the vat rate for…

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Ritchie Meets Friday Folk at Tobar Mhuire

Ms Ritchie visited the said Friday Folk group in Tobar Mhuire in Crossgar on Friday morning and said she was delighted to visit them. She added: “I have known many of these ladies my whole life and was pleased to meet so many old friends and make many more new…

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