MPs are told of the Belfast Telegraph's 'excellent' efforts to promote city
Published 24/01/2013 | 00:00
The Westminster Government has been urged to do more to promote Belfast and help it recover from the flag riots.
Yesterday MPs were told about the Belfast Telegraph's “excellent” campaign to promote the city.
Nigel Dodds, DUP MP for North Belfast, also urged Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to bring Parliament's Northern Ireland Committee to Belfast, or for David Cameron to organise a Cabinet meeting there.
Speaking during Northern Ireland Questions, he said: “The Secretary of State will be aware of the Belfast Telegraph's excellent campaign, We're Backing Belfast, which people have joined in supporting.
“Could the Secretary of State do any more to back the city at this time? Could she, for instance, arrange for meetings of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee to take place in Belfast, or arrange for the Cabinet to meet in Belfast in order to show support for it — and, perhaps, take the opportunity to announce economic measures such as a cut in corporation tax?”
Labour's Vernon Coaker called for “more than just condemnation” from the Government of the recent trouble, saying concrete proposals were needed to deal with the “underlying issues” of culture and identity, deprivation and sectarianism.
The Belfast Telegraph launched We’re Backing Belfast to encourage people to come out and get behind retailers, restaurants and bars.
Our initiative is aimed at supporting city centre traders whose profits have been severely damaged by the on-going protests over the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.
We are asking people to do something to support the local economy by coming out to take advantage of some the great bargains on offer.
The campaign is backed by Prime Minister David Cameron.