14/07/2017

Prime Minister Urged To Intervene In Stormont Deadlock

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to intervene to help restore NI's power-sharing executive.

House of Lords peers from both the Labour and Conservative parties have called on Mrs May to travel to Northern Ireland in an effort to break the ongoing deadlock at Stormont.
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Former NI Secretary, Lord Murphy of Torfaen, said that it was "about time" for Mrs May to hold talks directly with NI parties and the Irish government. He said that "until that happens, I fear we will make little progress".

(MH/LM)

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