Saturday 17 February 2018

Bush breaks silence with plea for UUP to back policing deal

Sam Smyth

FORMER US President George Bush has broken his silence since leaving office 14 months ago to ask the UUP to back the deal on justice and policing in Stormont.

He asked British Tory leader David Cameron last Friday to use his influence with UUP leader Sir Reg Empey after being approached by US Envoy in Belfast, Declan Kelly.

News of the former president's intervention emerged from a UUP meeting last night where they were deciding whether or not to support the DUP and Sinn Fein.

At last night's meeting the UUP executive backed a decision by the party leadership to vote against the devolution of policing and justice powers today.

Earlier yesterday Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was accused of telling Ulster Unionists to leave his office after an argument about policing and justice.

Irish Independent

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