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Sinn Fein call for Assembly Speaker Robin Newton to resign with 'immediate effect' as they lodge motion of no confidence

By Claire Williamson

Sinn Fein have called for the Speaker of the Assembly Robin Newton to resign with "immediate effect".

Last month the DUP MLA faced intense criticism over his handling of business at a special sitting of the Assembly.

His critics accused him of undermining the joint nature of The Executive Office and in turn the Good Friday Agreement by allowing Arlene Foster to make a statement about the Renewable Heating Incentive scandal as First Minister without the consent of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

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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Sinn Fein's national chairperson Declan Kearney on Friday said the party would be lodging a motion of no confidence on Monday.

The South Antrim MLA said: "He is now part of the problem and an integral part of the unfolding crisis and he should resign immediately."

Mr Newton also faced calls from the SDLP and the UUP at the time.

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