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Leaderless SDLP in complete confusion over policing transfer

22 September, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Foyle Martina Anderson today said that the SDLP are in complete and total disarray. Her comments came after the SDLP today announced they were now opposing the legislation in transfer of powers on policing and justice.

Following the debate on the Bill this afternoon Ms Anderson said:

“Today the SDLP announced to the Assembly that they were now opposing the legislation to allow the transfer of powers on policing and justice. This, after months of demanding to be given the job of a future justice minister which of course requires this legislation to pass.

“This is just further evidence of the complete and total disarray which now governs that party’s approach. They are a directionless party with a lame duck leader, who has decided to jump from what is now a sinking ship.

“Pretty much like the SDLP approach to the Mandelson policing legislation when they voted for, against and abstained in the course of that Bills legislative passage they are once again completely confused when it comes to the transfer bill.” ENDS

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