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Ending Suspension

Part of Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:29 pm on 8th February 2000.

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Photo of Mr Harry Barnes Mr Harry Barnes Labour, North East Derbyshire 10:29 pm, 8th February 2000

I believe that the Unionist population will ensure that the politicians respond to those concerns. A change has taken place, as the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh said, and it is a fantastic alteration in Northern Ireland politics that no one wants to let go. The commitment that has been made by the leadership of the Ulster Unionist party means that it is possible to maintain the change. What has to happen is that the rest of the Unionist camp, who are trying to realign and reorganise, have to be outmatched. If we put a little faith in Sinn Fein being able to advance towards decommissioning, we may also put some faith in the Ulster Unionist party and other forces in Northern Ireland—such as the Women's Coalition and other people—in the hope that they will bring about that change.