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DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said,

"Following the latest demand from Mary Lou McDonald, the Government must not interfere in devolved issues at the behest of Sinn Fein.

The Government foisted the most liberal abortion laws in the British Isles on Northern Ireland. Such actions only served to undermine devolution. To force through the latest Sinn Fein wish list will cause further damage to the credibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Repeated interventions in devolved matters undermines the manifesto promises of Northern Ireland parties and rightly raises questions about the confidence that voters can have in those they elect if their promises can be causally overridden by the Secretary of State.

Rather than running to HMG when they can’t get their way, Republicans should respect our mandate. SF is playing the politics of ransom and are placing culture above health, education and economic recovery."