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UUP in Parades Bill talks with Orange Order

A senior UUP delegation has met with the head of the Orange Order to discuss parading legislation.

The talks with Grand Master Robert Saulters centred on the Draft Public Assemblies Parades and Protests Bill (Northern Ireland).

Stemming from the DUP-Sinn Fein Hillsborough Castle deal, it would lead to the current Parades Commission being replaced.

In a joint statement after their meeting, UUP MLAs Fred Cobain and David McNarry said: “We appreciate the time afforded to us today by the Grand Master. Our discussion was full and frank and focused on the specific issue of the Draft Bill being promoted jointly by Sinn Fein and the DUP.”

The statement added the “worthwhile” meeting was private, adding: “The UUP remains dedicated to the removal of the Parades Commission but is unconvinced that the proposals contained in the Sinn Fein/DUP Bill agreed at Hillsborough Castle are a solution.”

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