Allan Leonard, Alliance Party candidate in Fermanagh & South
Tyrone, has hit out at Ulster Unionists for their hypocrisy on free
personal care for older people. In the Assembly in 2002, Alliance’s
Kieran McCarthy put down an amendment calling for free personal care,
and his demand was turned down by the UUP and the three other tribal
parties, yet Ulster Unionist candidates are saying that free personal
care must be the next Assembly’s number one priority.
Allan Leonard said: “Whenever the Ulster Unionists had the chance to introduce free personal care in 2002, they chose not to.
“It is gross hypocrisy to say they want it now, yet when they had the chance to introduce it they didn’t bother to.
“On the day that the free nursing care bill was being debated in the
Assembly in 2002, Alliance put in an amendment calling for free
personal care to be included in the bill. This was disgracefully
rejected by the Ulster Unionists, SDLP, DUP and Sinn Fein.
“Alliance has been consistent and strong campaigners for free
personal care for older people. The four tribal parties were against it
in 2002, yet now they have changed their tune and this is hypocrisy of
the highest order.”