Vernon Coaker MP at Stormont to discuss legacy of Northern Ireland's past
Labour's shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is holding talks with the local political parties today about how to make progress on dealing with the past.
During a visit to Parliament Buildings, Vernon Coaker MP will also be discussing the economy and welfare reform when he meets all the Assembly parties.
“I have consistently said that in order to move forward in Northern Ireland, we need to find a way to address the highly sensitive and difficult legacy of the Troubles,” he said.
“In October 2011, the Assembly asked the Secretary of State to convene all-party talks to make progress. I supported that call at the time and have repeated that call on many occasions since. Unfortunately, Owen Paterson has allowed the issue to drift.”
Mr Coaker said it was necessary to give the issue the priority it deserves.
“My view is that we can only agree on how to deal with the past by having an inclusive process involving the Government, the political parties in Northern Ireland, the Irish government, the Commission for Victims and Survivors and of course victims and survivors themselves.”