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RHI inquiry: Foster's ex-Spad Crawford denies tipping off Moy Park about RHI closure

By Michael Sheils McNamee

Andrew Crawford, former DUP special adviser to Arlene Foster, has told the RHI Inquiry he did not tip off poultry producer Moy Park about the scheme's impending closure.

During the afternoon session it was heard that Dr Crawford was involved in a meeting with Moy Park officials and then newly appointed Finance Minister Mervyn Storey three weeks before it was publicly announced the scheme would close.

Dr Crawford denied he tipped off Moy Park at this meeting about the scheme's closure, saying he was not aware himself the scheme was due to close.

In the morning session he denied senior civil servant David Sterling accused him of keeping the RHI scheme open "for the benefit of his family" - or that the two had a row over the matter.

Dr Andrew Crawford refuted evidence given to the the RHI inquiry by former Stormont Minister Jonathan Bell who said Mr Sterling had a "loud altercation" with Dr Crawford in September 2015.

Mr Bell claimed that Mr Sterling accused him of plotting to keep the scheme open because his brother and two cousins were part of the RHI scheme.

Read how Dr Crawford's evidence unfolded here:


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