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Sinn Féin lobby Westminster MPs on transfer of policing and justice powers

20 February, 2008

Sinn Féin spokesperson on policing and justice issues, Alex Maskey MLA, has today travelled to Westminster, Wednesday 20th February, to brief MPs, representatives of London Embassies and the media on the current situation in the political process, and in particular the issue of Policing and Justice and the transfer of powers to the Assembly.

Speaking after the visit, Mr Maskey said that it was imperative that progress was made on the issue of the transfer of powers on policing and justice.

He said:

"I had a positive meeting with a cross party delegation of MPs and other bodies and was greatly encouraged by the interest shown by all involved.

"The time is now right to proceed with the transfer of powers on policing and justice issues. The vast majority of people support the progress that has already been made and welcome the fact that local accountable politicians are now taking decisions. Policing and justice powers are a vital area of work which affects their daily lives and should also be under the control of local politicians.

"Failure to move forward could risk reintroducing an element of uncertainty into the political situation, and erode the widespread support that exists for the political institutions.

"Devolving policing and justice powers would show our confidence in the political institutions, and underline the view that the north really has moved into a new era of peace and politics." ENDS

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