Beggs accuses Wilson of disrupting committee cross examination of witness

Roy Beggs MLA has expressed concern at Sammy Wilson’s disruption of the cross examination of the DUP special adviser at the DSD committee as being against public interest.

Roy Beggs said, “Sammy Wilson’s behaviour at the Assembly’s Social Development Committee can only be described as being disgraceful”.

During the public hearing, the DUP’s Social Development Ministers Special Adviser, Stephen Brimstone was coming under pressure about his treatment of Cllr Jenny Palmer.  The BBC’s Spotlight programme had transmitted accusations that attempts had been made to get her to reverse her decision on the Board of the NIHE.

The East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA said, “Sammy Wilson can be heard and seen disrupting the committee questioning in an apparent attempt to protect the witness, his DUP party colleague.   Sammy Wilson then used un-Parliamentary language and when he refused to apologise to Jim Allister MLA, the meeting was suspended.   The question must be asked, what was he trying to hide?  Clearly Sammy Wilson’s actions were not in the public interest.   Both Sammy Wilson and his DUP colleague, Gregory Campbell arrogance are very evidence in the committee record.  It is time for change”

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