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Lady Hermon: UUP wrong on Hillsborough

By Victoria O'Hara

An internal rift between North Down MP Sylvia Hermon and the UUP leadership has deepened after she launched a scathing attack against the party’s stance over the devolution of policing and justice.

Speaking to the BBC, Lady Hermon denounced her own political party’s decision to vote against the move in the Assembly. She described their ‘no’ vote on March 9 as a mistake.

Lady Hermon, who last month said she would not be seeking the nomination as a Conservative and Unionist candidate for the area, went on to say that she agreed with the DUP and the Conservatives over the devolution issue and added that Sinn Fein were not “the enemy”.

“The real enemies are not fellow unionists in the DUP, those are not our enemies, in fact Sinn Fein is not our enemy,” she said.

“The enemies in this community are dissident republicans who, if they had their way, would continue to wreak havoc across Northern Ireland.”

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