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East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has welcomed a decision by the Government to include Northern Ireland within the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing (CTS) Bill.

The commitment was made in a letter to the Justice Minister which was shared with the Justice Committee. The letter confirms a commitment made to Mr Robinson by the Minister, Chris Philp two weeks ago.

Mr Robinson, who is the DUP's Home Affairs and Justice spokesperson at Westminster said, "This is a welcome step forward from the government. It is right that there should be a unified approach to the sentencing and release of terrorist offenders across the UK.

It would obviously have been preferable had a Legislative Consent Motion been brought and passed by the Assembly, but these are excepted matters and it is right the Government will ensure Northern Ireland is covered by this legislation.

Ensuring that serious and dangerous terrorist offenders spend longer in custody is something which no sensible person could argue against. The issues dealt with in the bill are real, because they have been exploited by offenders who carried out the terror attacks at Fishmongers Hall in 2019 and in Streatham earlier this year."