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DUP's Nigel Dodds raps David Cameron for 'putting Euro election first'

By David Young

Published 14/05/2016

Nigel Dodds
Nigel Dodds

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of putting government on hold in the run-up to June's referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Cambridge-educated barrister claims that "parliament is bereft of serious business, and all is on hold until June 24".

In his hard-hitting signature article, Mr Dodds points to a series of U-turns and policy flip-flops as evidence of how distracted the Government is by the referendum.

"A week alone can give you retreats on junior doctors' contracts, forced academisation of schools, child refugees and reform of the BBC," he said.

"One week, four policies, all gone.

"It doesn't matter whether they're ones you're minded to support or to oppose: they're things that deserved proper considered parliamentary and political scrutiny."

Mr Dodds highlights three issues he feels require serious thought and urgent action: a British Bill of rights: major infrastructure projects including HS2 and the expansion of Heathrow: and the refugee crisis.

But MP saved his most stinging jibe for last. "If you can't govern against Corbyn and McDonnell, when can you?" he asks.

It's a penetrating question: and one that members of the Government are unlikely to forget in a hurry.

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