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Wilson sees off Beggs’ challenge

Sammy Wilson has held the seat for 10 years Sammy Wilson retained his East Antrim seat comfortably – a seat the DUP man has held since 2005 and always looked safe for the party. ‘; } s += ‘ Ads by Google ‘; if (google_ads[0].bidtype == “CPC”) { google_adnum = google_adnum + google_ads.length; } s += ‘ ‘; document.write(s); return; } window.google_adnum = window.google_adnum || null; google_ad_client = “ca-pub-1729148518344007”; google_ad_output = “js”; google_ad_type = “text”; google_ad_channel = ‘2905088926+3455374145’; google_max_num_ads = ‘2’; google_skip = window.google_adnum; /* insert this snippet for each ad call */ He received 12,103 votes – down 1,890 on his 2010 Westminster triumph, but still 5,795 more than his closest rival, Roy Beggs of the UUP. Mr Wilson said: “I thank the voters of East Antrim for the confidence which they have put in me again as their public representative. “In the event of a hung parliament, in … Continue reading

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Beggs believes that Stormont’s viability may be under threat

Roy Beggs believes that recent comments made by two senior DUP representatives have shown that the future viability of Stormont is threatened. He said that both Arlene Foster and Sammy Wilson appeared to admit that they would be unable to resolve the current problems facing the executive. The East Antrim UUP MLA said that change is needed urgently in order for the Assembly to continue. “Whilst I would not agree with the comments of Sammy Wilson that the latest changes to welfare ‘spell the end’ for the Assembly, there is no doubt that unless there is an urgent and drastic change in attitudes of some political parties, the current Assembly has little prospect of continuing for much longer.” Mr Beggs also questioned the political thinking of Sinn Fein. “The decision of Sinn Fein to make a U-turn on welfare was only the latest example of that party displaying a shocking … Continue reading

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Beggs hits out at plans to permanently close Whiteabbey Minor Injuries

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has expressed his disappointment after learning the Northern Health Trust is seeking the permanent closure of the Whiteabbey Hospital Minor Injuries Unit. The UUP Westminster candidate had asked the outgoing Health Minister Jim Wells when the temporary closure of Whiteabbey MIU was due to end and what plans have been made to reinstate the service. In response, Mr Wells stated: “Financial planning for 2015/16 is on-going and all Health and Social Care Trusts must deliver substantial savings in order to live within budget and meet rising demand across HSC services. “The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has proposed in its savings that the temporary closure of Whiteabbey Hospital Minor Injuries Unit will continue in 2015/16. The savings plan also indicates that the Trust will consult on a permanent closure of the Minor Injuries Unit.” Mr Beggs said he and the staff at Whiteabbey Hospital … Continue reading

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Pressure mounts amid Stormont finance gloom

ANALYSIS: Little appetite for talks and solutions Arlene Foster warns of increase to £600m budget ‘black hole’ Sinn Féin and the SDLP are expected to come under renewed pressure to agree a deal on welfare reform after warnings that Stormont’s precarious financial situation cannot be sustained. The executive’s spending difficulties look set to deepen with a fresh round of Tory cuts placing further pressure on budgets. It had been hoped the Stormont House Agreement would resolve the long-running welfare reform impasse through a series of bespoke measures implemented by the executive. However, a decision by Sinn Féin in March to block legislation in the assembly derailed the pre-Christmas deal and plunged the intitutions back into financial uncertainty. The assembly’s passing of a budget bill at the end of last month created some breathing space but additional spending cuts announced by George Osborne in recent weeks coupled with further welfare changes … Continue reading

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Pressure mounts amid Stormont finance gloom – The Irish News

Sinn Féin and the SDLP are expected to come under renewed pressure to agree a deal on welfare reform after warnings that Stormont’s precarious financial situation cannot be sustained. The executive’s spending difficulties look set to deepen with a fresh round of Tory cuts placing further pressure on budgets. It had been hoped the Stormont House Agreement would resolve the long-running welfare reform impasse through a series of bespoke measures implemented by the executive. However, a decision by Sinn Féin in March to block legislation in the assembly derailed the pre-Christmas deal and plunged the intitutions back into financial uncertainty. The assembly’s passing of a budget bill at the end of last month created some breathing space but additional spending cuts announced by George Osborne in recent weeks coupled with further welfare changes bring a renewed urgency to the need to make a deal. The British chancellor told MPs yesterday … Continue reading

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