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Unionists Use Of Parliamentary Privilege Sectarian, Dishonest and Cowardly

9 February, 2006

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said that unionist politicians use of parliamentary privilege ‘is sectarian, dishonest and cowardly’. Ms Gildernew comments come after various unionist politicians have used the archaic practice in recent days to try and smear various individuals.

Ms Gildernew said:

“Over many years various unionist politicians have time and again used the archaic practice of parliamentary privilege to smear people who may hold differing political view points from themselves. These smears have then been reported by unionist friendly sections of the media.

“This practice has went into overdrive this week with a variety of unionist politicians in both the British House of Commons and also in the Lords standing up and hiding behind this cloak to try and damage peoples’ reputations.

“This is a nakedly sectarian, dishonest and cowardly approach to politics. When challenged to repeat these allegations by those smeared in order to allow some legal redress unionist politicians inevitably opt for political cowardice and refuse to emerge from behind the shadow of parliamentary privilege.” ENDS

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