Karen Bradley has been accused of “fiddling while Rome burns” for seeking further public appointment powers in the absence of a Stormont executive.

The secretary of state has put regulations before Parliament that would allow her to make appointments – including NI’s Attorney General.

John Larkin’s contract is due to expire on 23 May 2019.

The NIO said restoring devolution remains an “absolute priority” for Mrs Bradley.

But Felicity Huston, Northern Ireland’s former Commissioner for Public Appointments, said Mrs

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