[Sinn Fein]

23 May 2001

Sinn Fein Kick Off Campaign

Speaking this morning at a press conference in Belfast Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP predicted that the Sinn Fein vote would rise in all 18 Westminster constituencies.

Mr. Adams said:

``In this election Sinn Fein will be standing in all 18 Westminster Constituencies for the first time.

``A stronger Sinn Fein mandate in this election will strengthen the peace process and strengthen our ability in the June negotiations to secure a decent, civic policing service, real progress on demilitarisation and progress on implementing the Good Friday Agreement.

``This makes this election the most relevant election for the nationalist electorate in recent times.  They can make history.

``We aim to consolidate our successes in West Belfast and Mid Ulster and will take West Tyrone.  We are seeking to build on this in as many constituencies as possible and there are other winnable seats in Fermanagh South Tyrone and North Belfast and from Newry Armagh to Foyle our vote is going to increase.''

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