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Speaking after a loyalist band paraded along a Portadown street, Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart said Sinn Fein’s arrogant disregard for the Covid regulations is to blame for this political crisis.

Carla Lockhart said,

“Sinn Fein’s arrogant disregard for the Covid regulations is to blame for this political crisis.

The Chief Constable must take responsibility for Sinn Fein receiving special treatment from the police whilst ordinary people were prosecuted.

Law and order is the cornerstone of a civilised society. When there is a double standard by the police, then that damages respect for the law.

Sinn Fein and the Chief Constable both must take their share of responsibility.

For my part, I will oppose law breaking in all forms. All lawbreaking is wrong. I urge those loyalists, frustrated by the actions of Sinn Fein, to step back. Remain peaceful and stay off the streets. We don’t want young lives criminalised. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

As the Party Leader has said, those Sinn Fein lawmakers who broke the law should resign instead of arrogantly thumbing their nose at everyone else. Sinn Fein must be held accountable for their actions and the senior command police officers who facilitated law breaking should also resign.”