Anna Lo To Quit Politics

Leader of the Alliance Party Anna Lo told the Guardian newspaper she will not seek to be re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2016 and plans to quit politics due to ongoing racial abuse.

The Alliance Party leader also told the BBC that she is even considering leaving Northern Ireland following comments from a North Belfast pastor against Muslims.

Anna Lo also said she was "very angry" at comments made by Pastor James McConnell who described Islam as "heathen" and "satanic”.

Mrs Lo said: "Any more of this talk and I would leave this country. I do not feel safe here and I know many people who feel the same."

The political leader called Mr Robinson and Pastor McConnell to apologise for their remarks.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness tweeted on Thursday: "Just spoke to Anna Lo to offer my support and solidarity. She and our Muslim community are much valued members of our society."


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