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Beggs condemns threat made against East Antrim Assembly colleague

Beggs condemns threat made against East Antrim Assembly colleague East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has added his condemnation to those behind threats made to public representatives, including his constituency colleague David Hilditch MLA. Mr Beggs MLA said “I have known David for many years, and he has served the East Antrim area as a public representative for decades. I condemn those faceless individuals who see fit to threaten David, and he has my support. There is no place for threats or intimidation in our society and I am sure that David will not be deterred. Those who issue threats again politicians and journalists are attempting to remove the normal democratic, civil freedoms that we all take for granted that our forefathers battled to achieve. We all should indicate our support for those effected by undemocratic forces.” Ends

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What kind of Loyalism is this?

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has condemned the threats made to journalists and politicians – including his Party colleagues Steve Aiken OBE and Doug Beattie MC – by the South East Antrim UDA. Roy Beggs MLA said, “It is deplorable that over the weekend when we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe against Nazi fascism, that journalists in Northern Ireland are not free to express their viewpoint but are being threatened by the South East Antrim UDA. “Furthermore, the same group has now taken it upon themselves to threaten politicians, including Steve Aiken MLA, a retired Royal Navy nuclear submarine commander who was recognised by the Queen with the award of an OBE for operations in the Middle East, and Doug Beattie MLA who served Queen and Country for 34 years and who was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for his actions in Iraq, and … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes removal of e-bikes bureaucratic barriers

Ulster Unionist Party Infrastructure Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA, has welcomed news that the e-bikes legislation is to be placed before the Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday 12th May) for final affirmation, following an intervention by the UUP MLA for East Antrim at an Infrastructure Committee meeting on 29th April in the Senate Chamber. “At a recent Infrastructure Committee meeting (29/4/20), we discussed the item SR 2020-31 The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020. The Statuary Rule has been widely supported, but it appeared that the final Assembly approval for the use of electric bikes was to be delayed. I spoke at the committee highlighting that electric bikes could assist commuters during the Coronavirus pandemic and gained the support of the committee to write to the business office encouraging the early completion of the legislative process for this new Statuary Rule”. At present e-bike users in NI are … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes automatic 1 year MOT exemption from Monday

Ulster Unionist Party Infrastructure Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA, who had been pressing for a longer term solution to the MOT backlog following the discovery of faulty MOT ramps in January, has welcome the decision of Infrastructure Minister Mallon to give a one year MOT exemption but has urged drivers to ensure that regular vehicle checks would be carried out. Roy Beggs MLA said, “Following the discovery of metal fatigue cracks and the restriction in MOT testing a considerable body of vehicles were now approaching the end of their 4 month exemption period. But with the test centres closed because of the Coronavirus, the backlog awaiting testing has extended even further. I therefore support the decision of the Minister to give the one year temporary exemption for cars due from 11 May. The Minister had to provide a significant extension to get us all through this period. I would however highlight … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes EP Kilroot successful bid to develop new Electricity Generation in SONI’s T-4 Auction

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist Infrastructure spokesperson, has welcomed the news that EP Kilroot has won its bid to develop new Electricity Generation in SONI’s T-4 competitive auction for new generation from 2023. Roy Beggs MLA said: “In 2018, I had expressed concern at the loss of contracts that could have led to the end of electricity generation from Kilroot’s coal fired steam turbines and the associated risks of electricity blackout in Northern Ireland. “Thankfully contracts were subsequently awarded to extend coal generation and employment until 2023, and now EP Kilroot have been successful in their bid to develop alternative generation which will complement the increased use of renewable energy. “I welcome the news that EP Kilroot have been successful in the competitive T-4 Auction. The new large scale peaking units have been deemed to best to meet the market needs. This will ensure electricity generation from the EP Kilroot … Continue reading

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