North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has accused the Labour Party of supporting a two-tier approach to dealing with the past in Northern Ireland. It comes after the Shadow Secretary of State wrote to the Prime Minister calling for a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane.
The DUP MP said, "Whilst the Labour Party have called for a special inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, yet again there is complete silence from that party on countless other murders in Northern Ireland.
They offer nothing in relation to the 211 murders of police officers which remain unsolved. There is silence also in relation to the many other members of the security forces and innocent civilians who lost their lives. Those include murders which occurred in the Republic of Ireland, or where there is evidence of collusion between PIRA and the Garda.
There must be a comprehensive and proportionate approach to dealing with the past and people may recall that the Supreme Court has upheld a decision not to hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. It should be borne in mind that an offer to hold a public inquiry under the Inquiries Act was rejected by the Finucane Family. Countless other families across Northern Ireland have seen no effective investigation into the murder of their loved one, let alone such an offer for an inquiry.
The Labour Party appears content to have a 'two-tier' approach to legacy issues where they appear to have no interest in pursuing murders carried out by the Provisional IRA. It appears that despite the change of leadership within the Labour Party there is nothing to change the view which many people in Northern Ireland hold about Labour in relation to these legacy issues."