DUP Leader congratulates new Secretary of State

DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP has commended Shailesh Vara for his work in Northern Ireland and congratulated Chris Heaton-Harris on being appointed as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Sir Jeffrey said,

“We congratulate Chris Heaton-Harris on this important appointment. We have requested an urgent meeting with the new Secrtary of State to press home the priorities for Northern Ireland.

Like England, Scotland and Wales, we require action with the firepower of Treasury to get businesses and households through this winter of soaring costs.

Northern Ireland is further hampered in this cost-of-living crisis due to the NI Protocol inflating costs for businesses and consumers as well. This is exactly why we need to see the Secretary of State working to replace the Protocol with arrangements that unionists can support.

The outgoing Secretary of State has served here in a previous administration and committed himself fully to the role and ensured Northern Ireland’s voice was heard in the Cabinet. We commend and thank him for his work.”

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