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Villiers part of the problem, not a neutral broker – Murphy

19 March, 2015 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has said the austerity policies of David Cameron’s Tory-led government have caused the current difficulties at Stormont. 

Speaking after British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers called on the political parties to work together, Mr Murphy said; 

"Theresa Villiers would be better employed acknowledging that her government’s cuts to the block grant and their proposed welfare cuts have caused the difficulties we are facing. 

"The budget announced by her government's chancellor this week will only serve to deepen those difficulties in the years ahead. 

"Theresa Villiers is not an independent honest broker in these talks. She is part of the problem.

"For our part we are trying to resolve the current difficulties and we are working constructively towards that. 

“We are making progress on the schemes required to protect children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long-term sick and large families." 

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