Alliance MP for North Down
Political leaders could be arguing for months before a new Executive is up and running, with DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson insisting a budget, a programme for government and issues around the NI Protocol must be sorted ahead of the government being formed.
The daughter of one of Northern Ireland’s earliest victims of the Covid-19 pandemic has said the fixed penalty notices handed out to the Prime Minister and Chancellor for attending an illegal party in Downing Street during lockdown shows they are not fit to run the country.
The Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has rejected criticism that plans to introduce a US-style visa waiver document for journeys across the border into Northern Ireland will impact on free movement on the island.
DUP politician Ian Paisley has received free tickets worth around £3,200 to several major sporting events in recent months. He has had more “freebies” in the past year than any of the other 17 Northern Ireland MPs.
The First and Deputy First Ministers have voiced criticism of the Home Office’s new immigration bill, saying it creates an “unhelpful two-tier system” which could give rise to the perception that asylum seekers “do not have the right to be here”.
A UK Government scheme which will see non-Irish EU citizens living in the Republic required to apply online for pre-travel clearance into Northern Ireland has been branded “unworkable” by one commentator.
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