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Danny Marten: Why Devolution of Police and Justice In Ulster is Vital to Us All in the UK

The success or failure of the Northern Ireland Peace process is something that affects us all in the UK both from a human viewpoint, and from an economic perspective given the resources that the Government has made available to end the conflict and maintain stability for true peace to survive.

Haletemprice and Howden Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate Danny Marten said; "Devolution which came as a result of the Peace Process has not only been ground breaking but it has transformed the lives and hopes of the people of Northern Ireland. We always knew that this, the final step would be one of the hardest to make, but it is essential that an agreement is reached for the long term prosperity for the people of Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole"

The CLP as a whole sent this statement to Secretary of State Shaun Wooodward.

This month’s Haltemprice and Howden’s Constituency Labour Party General Committee saw considerable concern amongst colleagues at the recent turn of events in Northern Ireland regarding the devolution of Policing and Justice Powers to the Executive at Stormont.

Colleagues expressed dismay regarding the behaviour of the two main Parties in Government. Both the DUP and Sinn Fein need to realise their responsibilities to the people and communities that they serve, the rest of the UK and the island of Ireland.

Therefore it was resolved that we would like to convey our complete support for the role the Government is playing to ensure that a democratic solution is found to these problems so that the people of Northern Ireland can enjoy full participation in the benefits of local, and above all accountable institutions.

The progress made in Northern Ireland since 1997 is testament to the Labour Party’s vision to put the needs of all UK citizens above day to political concerns, and to make life better for everyone.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


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