Karen Bradley Urged To End 'Toxic Pact' With DUP

The British Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, has been urged to "set aside her party's 'toxic' pact with the DUP in order to restore the power-sharing institutions".

Sinn Féin MP, Elisha McCallion, made the call after she met with Ms Bradley in L'Derry on Monday.

The Foyle MP said: "The British Secretary of State was in the city for a number of engagements including meeting with local residents and community workers who were at the forefront of dealing with recent disturbances.

"She saw very clearly that there is a huge frustration within the wider community regarding the impact of her party's pact with the DUP.
News Image
"People are angry that their rights are being denied. They look at the Tory government and they see an administration that, in its desperation to cling to power, is prepared to placate and defend the anti-rights and anti-equality position of the DUP.

"These are communities that have borne the brunt of austerity cuts and they are equally angry that the DUP is propping up a government that has overseen savage cuts to our public services like health and education.

"All of that is having a hugely toxic impact on our political process and frustrated all efforts to restore the political institutions.

"That cannot be allowed to continue. We need the institutions restored and last week's British Irish Intergovernmental Conference should be the first step in achieving that.

"However, the rights and equality issues at the heart of the crisis need addressed so if that process is to be successful, the British Government must leave its self-serving pact with the DUP at the door."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

15 February 2019
NI Secretary To Hold Talks With Stormont Parties
The Secretary of State is due to hold talks at Stormont in an effort to break the political deadlock. Karen Bradley will meet the five main political parties this afternoon, Friday 15 February. It is understood she is keen to assess the appetite among representatives for fresh negotiations aimed at restoring devolution.
28 November 2003
Final results in for 2003 NI Assembly election
UPDATE: With all counts declared on Friday evening the clear winners are the Rev Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party who have claimed 10 more seats on the Assembly and Sinn Féin who have won 6 seats.
26 October 2007
MLAs Clash On Nuclear Power
There was sharp division in the Assembly yesterday as the DUP and Sinn Fein took opposing views on the contentious issue of nuclear power. DUP MLA Robin Newton spoke on his party's amendment to a Sinn Fein motion calling on the UK government to end operations at Sellafield, the nuclear power station in Cumbria.
17 May 2007
NI First Minister to meet Salmond
Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley has announced he is looking forward to working with his Scottish equivalent, Alex Salmond. He also revealed Mr Salmond will be travelling to meet him within weeks. The DUP leader described Mr Salmond as “a clever man” and said his work “turning round politics in Scotland is really a miracle.
12 September 2003
Call for 'parity' as UN lift Libyan sanctions
The United Nations (UN) decision to lift sanctions against Colonel Gaddafi's Libyan Government has prompted a call for parity for NI's victims of terrorism.