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Sinn Fein lodge motion of no confidence in Assembly Speaker Robin Newton

Sinn Fein have lodged their motion of no confidence in Assembly Speaker Robin Newton.

DUP MLA Newton faced intense criticism over his handling of business at a special sitting of the Assembly last month with critics accusing him of undermining the joint nature of The Executive Office.

In response Mr Newton blamed the Executive office saying it was responsible for how ministers acted and that he was responsible for ensuring house rules were followed.

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On Friday Sinn Fein called for the East Belfast representative to stand down.

And on Monday the party lodged a motion of no confidence.

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin said: "The performance in the Assembly on December 19 was a shambles and totally compromised the independence and integrity of that office.

“The Speaker should be above reproach and independently accountable to the political institutions. However, he is acting without regard to the integrity of the office and as such his position is now untenable.

“He is now part of the problem and an integral part of the unfolding crisis and he should resign immediately."

The matter will be considered at Tuesday's meeting of the Stormont Business Committee.

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