Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Labour's words empty without election push

THE Shadow Secretary of State's comments about Northern Ireland at the Labour Party conference lacked all credibility.

Vernon Coaker has a cheek criticising the Government's approach to Northern Ireland when his party refuses to enter electoral politics here.

In contrast, the Conservative Party is the only national party which is committed to standing candidates in forthcoming elections in this part of the UK.

David Cameron and two secretaries of state – Theresa Villiers and Owen Paterson – have made sure that this Government has been more engaged with day-to-day issues in Northern Ireland than any of its predecessors.

The Conservatives are the only 'one nation' party currently operating in the UK. We urge Ed Miliband, Vernon Coaker and their colleagues to start organising to contest elections here, so that we can have an honest debate about Left-Right politics.

Otherwise, the party simply lacks all credibility in its statements about Northern Ireland.

TREVOR RINGLAND

NI Conservatives

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