15/12/2005

Cameron visits Northern Ireland

Conservative Party leader David Cameron has said that the IRA must prove paramilitary and criminal activity has ended and has insisted that he will continue to press for changes to fugitives' legislation.

Mr Cameron was in Northern Ireland today on his first visit to the province as Conservative party leader. His first stop was at Lagan College integrated school in Belfast.

The Conservative Party leader, accompanied by the party's NI spokesperson David Lidington, will then go on to visit a community-based project Impact Training in Lanark Way, close to the peace line.

Mr Cameron said that he would continue to press for amendments to the proposed amnesty legislation for on the runs to be placed before parliament.

Speaking in Belfast today, Mr Cameron said that people suspected of offences should have to appear before a court as a part of the amnesty process.

He called for the Labour government to listen to concerns being expressed about the legislation under the controversial Bill which will allow suspects to avoid jail.

Meeting staff and pupils at Lagan College Mr Cameron said it was clear that people who had committed "dreadful crimes in the past must appear in court".

It is understood that Mr Cameron will also meet with Conservative party members in the province.

(SP)

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