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McGuinness speaks with new British Prime Minister

12 May, 2010 - by Westminster

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness this evening spoke with the new British Prime Minister David Cameron, after the appointment of Owen Patterson as the British Secretary of State.

Speaking after the telephone conversation Mr McGuinness said:

“Throughout the election campaign we made it clear that the main issue facing the Assembly and the Executive would be the cuts being proposed by both the Tories and Labour and the threat this posed to frontline services.

“It is my firm view that the best way to challenge the next British government is through a united approach by the Executive parties. The folly of the position adopted by others who tried to over exaggerate their influence at Westminster and pretend that they were players in the hung parliament scenario has now been exposed. It is time to end that sort of fantasy politics and get down to the real work directly with the new British government.

“I spoke with the new British Prime Minister David Cameron by phone this afternoon. I have obviously met Owen Patterson on many occasions over the past three years. On the issues of the Peace Process it is important that the Good Friday, St. Andrews and Hillsborough Agreements are honoured.

“I made it clear to Mr Cameron that as a society moving out of conflict and one which has suffered from decades of under investment we can simply not afford the sort of cuts he hinted at during the election campaign. I also made the case for the best block grant possible and impressed upon him the unity of parties here around these positions.

“I also pressed him to ensure that the Saville Report, held up by the election, is quickly given to the Bloody Sunday families and made public.” ENDS

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