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End designation: Wilson

Green party MLA Brian Wilson has written to the Secretary of State Owen Paterson calling for an end of designation along nationalist or unionist lines at Stormont.

Mr Wilson said provision for such a review had been set out in the Belfast Agreement but had not yet been carried out. “The present situation where MLA’s have to designate as either unionist or nationalist can have no place in a modern democratic system,” he said.

“Issues such as the appointment of Ministers, setting the budget, and petitions of concern all require cross community support as determined by MLA’S designation.”

He said the impact of designation “reinforces the old divisions in our community, emphasises the politics of the past and discourages those who wish to move away from these issues by giving them second class status in the Assembly”.

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