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Secrecy over party donors to end, hints Brokenshire


Response: Lady Hermon

Response: Lady Hermon

Response: Lady Hermon

Moves towards greater transparency on donations to political parties are set to be announced soon, it is understood.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire is believed to favour bringing the rules in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK as the security situation improves.

In a written response to North Down MP Lady Hermon, Mr Brokenshire said he will soon make a statement on the "steps needed to ensure that information relating to Northern Ireland political donations and loans can be published".

Lady Hermon had asked Mr Brokenshire to set out a timetable to introduce legislation ending anonymity for donors to political parties after he wrote to the parties in January seeking their views.

"I received a positive response from the parties," he added.

Former DUP Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said his party was "not at all uncomfortable" about the proposal.

Denying the DUP would be given advance sight because of its agreement with the Conservatives, he said: "We look forward to seeing what the Secretary of State brings forward."

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And Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd said the public should be able to see who is donating to particular parties and how much.

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