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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 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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Sea routes crucial to Northern Ireland’s connectivity – Beggs

Ulster Unionist East Antrim MLA, Roy Beggs, has said that the recent detention of a Dublin bound P&O ferry at Liverpool should serve as a reminder as to how important sea routes are to Northern Ireland’s connectivity. Roy Beggs MLA, said: “The decision by Liverpool Port to detain the P&O Norbay vessel when haulage and vehicles had already been loaded onto it, was extremely irresponsible given that it is only essential items that are moving due to the Covid-19 crisis and highlights the importance of sea routes to the local economy. “Undoubtedly some essential supplies destined for both Northern Ireland and the Republic will have suffered delays from loading, waiting on board the Norbay, unloading and then booking onto another ferry. “There has been widespread recognition of the importance of air routes with regard to connectivity, but ferry routes are equally important in moving goods to market and enabling tourists … Continue reading

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Beggs seeks clarity from Economy Minister on essential ‘businesses and premises’ due to CoViD-19

Beggs seeks clarity from Economy Minister on essential ‘businesses and premises’ due to CoViD-19 East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has sought assurance and clarity from the Economy Minister around what businesses and premises are to close following guidance from the UK Government, following CoViD-19. “I have been contacted by scores of local workers desperately concerned that they are still being forced to work in factories and businesses which are not ‘essential’ or within environments with little or no social distancing or protective equipment. Key workers must be confident they have safe working conditions as they are crucial in the food processing industry, protecting food supply chains, maintaining the country`s transport and communication networks and manufacturing essential products in the battle against Covid-19. Employers have an obligation to ensure the safety of employees. My Party have raised this matter with companies directly but some are hiding behind the … Continue reading

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