Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:15 pm on 26th June 1985.

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Photo of Martin Smyth Martin Smyth , Belfast South 10:15 pm, 26th June 1985

Does the hon. Gentleman accept that recently there was some turmoil in England, Scotland and Wales arising from the miners' strike? There was violence and mayhem, but there was no clear coming together of the Opposition with the Government to try to resolve civil strife. Is it not utterly ludicrous to suggest that when people are killing us we should join hands with them, especially when Sinn Fein now has the open backing of the SDLP, as we thought it had?