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“Will UUP extraordinary party executive meeting also address position on Local Government power-sharing?” – Mitchel McLaughlin MLA

14 June, 2012


Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has accused UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt of running away from the issue of his Party’s commitment to power-sharing.

Mr. McLaughlin said:

“Mike Nesbitt has called an extraordinary meeting of the UUP policy making body to affirm its position on gay marriage. There would be no need for such an extraordinary meeting if the UUP would just commit itself to the principle of equality for all.

“I challenged Mike Nesbitt to address the issue of power-sharing on the basis of equality followingoffensive sectarian remarks by his party colleague, Antrim Councillor Adrian Watson. To date the UUP leader has avoided the issue. Will he now take the opportunity at this extraordinary policy making body meeting to affirm his party’s commitment to power-sharing, including at Local Government level on the basis of equality? I am sure that many in our society will be interested to hear Mr Nesbitt’s position on equality.”

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