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DUP’s Foster silent as Speaker Newton refuses to resign over Charter NI revelations

Robin Newton By Suzanne Breen October 12 2017 Arlene Foster is staying silent on the growing controversy around Speaker Robin Newton, who won’t resign from his £87,500 a year job despite claims he misled the Assembly. Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists, SDLP, Alliance, the Greens and TUV were all united yesterday in calling on the DUP MLA to immediately step aside. But Mrs Foster last night remained silent when the Belfast Telegraph contacted her to comment on her position on the Speaker staying in his job. Meanwhile, Mr Newton issued a short statement but then went to ground and wouldn’t give any media interviews. In his statement, the East Belfast MLA denied allegations in a BBC Spotlight programme that he misled the Assembly over the true nature of his role with the UDA-linked organisation Charter NI. But he said he wouldn’t run again for Speaker if the Assembly returns. Spotlight … Continue reading

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Beggs seeks update from Schrader on possible production transfer to China

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs has contacted Schrader, requesting a meeting about potential plans to transfer some production lines from sites in Carrickfergus and Antrim to Changzhou, China. Mr Beggs said “I have been contacted by concerned constituents who have been advised by Unite the Union that Sensata, who purchased Schrader in 2014, are considering moving some production lines from their Carrickfergus and Antrim production facilities to their Changzhou plant in China. I have contacted Schrader seeking a meeting to be updated on local job prospects and the future plans of this important company to the Carrickfergus area.”

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Beggs supports Energy Saving Week 2017

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has added his support to the Energy Saving Trust’s 17th annual Energy Saving Week. Mr Beggs said “Homes in Northern Ireland could save nearly £7m per year by simply draught proofing windows and doors in their properties. Additional measures such as insulating pipes, upgrading heating controls, getting a new boiler and topping up your hot water cylinder, loft and wall insulation will save you money. You can also reduce electricity bills by avoiding standby and turning devices off, turning lights off, line drying clothes and choosing energy efficient appliances.” Grants are available in Northern Ireland to help with some of these measures. The Government run an affordable warmth scheme which may provide a package of energy-efficiency and heating measures if your household income is less than £20,000. The NIHE boiler replacement scheme also offers up to £1,000 grants for owner occupiers seeking … Continue reading

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SF’s refusal to form Executive blamed as vital health service plan gathers dust one year on

Former First Minister Arlene Foster, deputy Martin McGuinness and former Health Minister Michelle O’Neill with Professor Rafael Bengoa (right) at Stormont last year By Suzanne Breen October 26 2017 Sinn Fein has been accused of putting narrow party interests ahead of NHS patients as a report warned that big decisions on the health service couldn’t be made because no Executive is in place. An update one year on from the launch of the Bengoa Report revealed that some progress had been made on changing the way healthcare is delivered in Northern Ireland but it was mostly “preparatory and enabling work”. The report stressed that ministers had to be in place to implement the 10-year road map. “Whilst progress can continue to be made in bringing forward proposals for change, difficult decisions will be required, as set out by the Executive and the then minister (Michelle O’Neill) upon the launch of … Continue reading

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Roy Beggs: ‘Peter Robinson once referred to me as a loathsome creature. I think that said a lot more about him than …

UUP East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs By Claire McNeilly October 23 2017 The most probing interviews: Roy Beggs Jr, East Antrim UUP MLA, on disagreeing with his MP father over the peace process… and a close encounter with an angry cow. Q. You’re 55 and married to Sandra (“we’re of a similar age”), a former retail manager who now works as a part-time secretary in your constituency office. You have three children – Stewart (26), a dentist; Matthew (24), a civil engineer; and Amy (23), a final year dentistry student. You’ve been married for 28 years. How did you two meet? A. Our eyes met on the dance floor at a Young Farmers dance five years before we got married. We went to London and then Malta on honeymoon. Q. Your father and namesake Roy (81) is a retired school vice-principal and former East Antrim MP, and your (“slightly younger”) … Continue reading

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