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Press Releases by Roy Beggs

Beggs meets PSNI over detention of Clyde Valley Flute Band

Following controversy over the detention of Clyde Valley flute band by the roadside, Roy Beggs, East Antrim MLA has met with senior PSNI officers at their Knock HQ to express the perception of a lack of balance shown in recent policing. Roy Beggs MLA said; “There was no determination or conditions set by the Parades Commission for the recent Apprentice Boys’ parade. So I fail to understand how the Larne based Clyde Valley bands 2019 uniform which included a Parachute Regiment insignia on their sleeve, could have breached the law. The UUP Leader, Robin Swann MLA was actually on the ground at the Maiden City bridge on Saturday and tried to resolve the parade standoff. It appears that there has been a complete overreaction by the local PSNI bronze commander who would have authorised the TSG’s to intervene and which contributed to raising tensions during the parade. Why were TSG … Continue reading

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New Secretary of State must intervene for the safety of local patients – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has urged the new Secretary of State to ditch the policy of his predecessor and directly intervene for the benefit of local patients. The East Antrim MLA has also warned that following the latest publication of emergency hospital waiting times it is now an almost certainty that the local health service is lurching towards a major winter crisis later this year. Roy Beggs said: “This is not a blip, or a short-term problem – our health service is in the midst of its worst ever waiting times crisis and it’s getting worse with every passing day. People are coming to harm because they can’t get the right type of treatment when they need it. “The fact that more than 2,800 patients in June had to wait longer than 12 hours is frightening not only in its scale, but also due to the … Continue reading

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Beggs Welcomes Commitment to Provide a Puffin Crossing at St Brides Street

Beggs Welcomes Commitment to Provide a Puffin Crossing at St Brides Street East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has welcomed assurances provided to him by DfI Roads that the traffic section intend to upgrade the existing zebra crossing to a Puffin Crossing at St Brides Street, Carrickfergus. Roy Beggs MLA said “I have been in contact with DfI Roads for some time to lobby for enhanced road safety measures at the existing zebra crossing on St Brides Street near the Carrickfergus train station. In addition to this, I had also pressed for a new high friction surfacing to be laid as the current surfacing had worn away. I am pleased that Road Service advise me that their traffic section intend to upgrade the existing zebra crossing at St Brides Street to a Puffin Crossing. I have been told that this work has been programmed to commence during the … Continue reading

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Beggs supports diabetes week 2019

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson has added his support to diabetes week which runs from 10th – 16th June and aims to raise awareness of the work of Diabetes UK. Roy Beggs MLA said “This public awareness week will hopefully increase the public’s understanding of diabetes and help to tackle stigma. Diabetes UK are keen to get some facts across about diabetes. At the moment in the UK 4.7m people are living with diabetes, including 1 million who don’t even know they have diabetes. In total around one in 15 of us are living with diabetes so the chances are high that we have a family member or friend with diabetes.” A Diabetes UK representative said “Type 1 and Type 2 are the two main types of diabetes. There are rarer types too. What the all have in common is they raise sugar levels in … Continue reading

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Beggs Welcomes Inaugural Larne ROC Conversation

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed the inaugural ‘Redeeming Our Communities’ ROC Conversation’ in Larne, which took place on Tuesday May 28, at Larne High School. Mr Beggs said “I met ROC and their local worker Keeva Watson, at Stormont, last year and received an update on how a ROC community conversation could help to simulate positive community action. I then suggested bringing Redeeming Our Communities to the East Antrim area. I had a number of meetings with ROC and I am delighted that the successful meeting in Carrickfergus Town Hall has now been followed up with a positive, well attended ROC conversation at Larne High School.” ROC is a national faith-based community engagement charity meeting a range of social needs across the UK. Their mission of ‘empowering people of goodwill’ is to work together for safer, stronger communities’ underlines all that they do. ROC works in … Continue reading

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