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Call for Patterson to come clean on UUP talks role

8 December, 2010


Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has called on the British Secretary of State Owen Patterson to come clean on any involvement he had in brokering the latest political deal between the Tories and the UUP.

Mr Doherty said:

“Nationalists in particular and the public in general have been decidedly underwhelmed by the performance of Owen Patterson since he arrived here as British Secretary of State. Thankfully many of the decisions which affect the lives of people here have been removed from British Direct Rule Ministers.

“However Owen Patterson, as Secretary of State, does have a role to at least give the pretence of impartiality. Last year before taking office his finger prints where all over the last ill fated Tory/UUP alliance. Today we have the announcement of the latest repackaged effort.

“Given Owen Patterson’s current position it is important that he now spells out very clearly what role he played in the latest merger efforts and in the announcement made today that the local Tories have opted out of the Assembly elections.” ENDS

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