Pat Lawlor for the Assembly and Belfast City Council

  Pat Lawlor is a nurse at the neo-natal maternity ward in Royal Victoria Hospital. He is a long-time trade unionist activist who has earned a reputation for being an effective organizer and fighter for workers in the Royal. Pat is currently a Unite rep and is involved in building the Health Workers Action Group. Pat is the secretary of the anti-water charges We Won’t Pay Campaign which built mass support for non-payment of water charges. The real reason why water charges have not been introduced as yet has been because of the We Won’t Pay Campaign success in building mass opposition and collecting 120,000 signatures of people who would refuse to pay the charges.

 

Pat has unnervingly attacked the complicity of all the parties in the Assembly Executive for carrying out cuts to the health service. In particular, Pat has repeatedly challenged Sinn Fein councillor Tom Hartley who sits on the board of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust which has carried major cuts to health services. Pat is currently the West Belfast organiser of the Stop the Cuts Campaign.

Pat told socialistpartyni.net “The people of the Lower Falls and West Belfast have been betrayed by those promising change. We were told by the parties in the Assembly that they would deliver jobs and investment, but they have done the opposite. Since 2006, the numbers of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in West Belfast has risen by 60%. The only jobs which have been created seem to be for political hacks and cronies. Instead of fighting cuts, all the parties in the Assembly are making them – we need a socialist alternative which is capable of uniting all working class communities, Catholic & Protestant – against the cuts.”

Pat is standing for Belfast City Council in the Lower Falls ward

Pat is also standing for the Assembly in West Belfast

If you would like to assist in Paddy’s election campaign contact 07810522111

 

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