New PM meets political leaders at Stormont

by | Jul 8, 2024 | Politics

1 hour agoBy Jayne McCormack and Mark Simpson, BBC News NIReutersNorthern Ireland’s party leaders have given the new prime minister, Sir Keir Starmer, a warm welcome to Stormont. “Constructive”, “productive” and “positive” are some of the words they used to describe their meetings with the first Labour prime minister in 14 years. Sir Keir met the first and deputy first ministers as well as executive and opposition representatives at Stormont Castle, as part of his first visit official to Northern Ireland since taking up the role.He was accompanied by the new Northern Ireland Secretary Hilary Benn and his chief of staff and former senior Stormont civil servant Sue Gray.Starmer: ‘constructive’ and ‘positive’ discussionsSir Keir described the meetings as “constructive” and “positive”, emphasising a “reset” in relationships between his government and the executive. “Being here on day three of the new Labour government is a clear statement of intent about the importance of Northern Ireland to me and my government, about resetting relationships and moving forward in a respectful and collaborative way,” he told journalists. The new prime minister distanced himself from the “instability” of the former Conservative government.”My government has a mandate for change and stability here in Northern Ireland and a different way of doing politics”, he said. ‘Like difference between daylight and dark’Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald described her party’s talks with the new prime minister as “constructive and very friendly”.She said dealing with the new Labour government, compared to the previous Conservative government, was like the difference between “daylight and dark”.One of the issues discussed at the short meeting was funding for the redevelopment of Casement Park stadium in west Belfast.Ms McDonald said: “We expect to see progress on that matter in the near future.”She was joined at the meeting by First Minister Michelle O’Neill and MPs John Finucane and Pat Cullen.Also discussed at the talks was funding for public services in Northern Ireland, the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the situation in Gaza.PA MediaThe Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Gavin Robinson said he believed his party would have a good relationship with the new prime minister.He described the meeting as “very productive” and highlighted the importance of devolution.After meeting Sir Keir at Stormont, Mr Robinson described him as a “unionist” and someone who has a detailed grasp of Northern Ireland.Asked if he trusted the new prime minister, he said he liked him.Mr Robinson was accompanied at the meeting by Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly, Stormont Education Minister Paul Givan and MP Sammy Wilson.PacemakerAlliance leader Naomi Long said she had a “constructive and positive meeting” with both Sir Keir and Northern Ireland Secretary Hilary Benn.She said the prime minister was keen to increase stability across the UK, and that it was put to him that in Northe …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nn1 hour agoBy Jayne McCormack and Mark Simpson, BBC News NIReutersNorthern Ireland’s party leaders have given the new prime minister, Sir Keir Starmer, a warm welcome to Stormont. “Constructive”, “productive” and “positive” are some of the words they used to describe their meetings with the first Labour prime minister in 14 years. Sir Keir met the first and deputy first ministers as well as executive and opposition representatives at Stormont Castle, as part of his first visit official to Northern Ireland since taking up the role.He was accompanied by the new Northern Ireland Secretary Hilary Benn and his chief of staff and former senior Stormont civil servant Sue Gray.Starmer: ‘constructive’ and ‘positive’ discussionsSir Keir described the meetings as “constructive” and “positive”, emphasising a “reset” in relationships between his government and the executive. “Being here on day three of the new Labour government is a clear statement of intent about the importance of Northern Ireland to me and my government, about resetting relationships and moving forward in a respectful and collaborative way,” he told journalists. The new prime minister distanced himself from the “instability” of the former Conservative government.”My government has a mandate for change and stability here in Northern Ireland and a different way of doing politics”, he said. ‘Like difference between daylight and dark’Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald described her party’s talks with the new prime minister as “constructive and very friendly”.She said dealing with the new Labour government, compared to the previous Conservative government, was like the difference between “daylight and dark”.One of the issues discussed at the short meeting was funding for the redevelopment of Casement Park stadium in west Belfast.Ms McDonald said: “We expect to see progress on that matter in the near future.”She was joined at the meeting by First Minister Michelle O’Neill and MPs John Finucane and Pat Cullen.Also discussed at the talks was funding for public services in Northern Ireland, the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the situation in Gaza.PA MediaThe Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Gavin Robinson said he believed his party would have a good relationship with the new prime minister.He described the meeting as “very productive” and highlighted the importance of devolution.After meeting Sir Keir at Stormont, Mr Robinson described him as a “unionist” and someone who has a detailed grasp of Northern Ireland.Asked if he trusted the new prime minister, he said he liked him.Mr Robinson was accompanied at the meeting by Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly, Stormont Education Minister Paul Givan and MP Sammy Wilson.PacemakerAlliance leader Naomi Long said she had a “constructive and positive meeting” with both Sir Keir and Northern Ireland Secretary Hilary Benn.She said the prime minister was keen to increase stability across the UK, and that it was put to him that in Northe …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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