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Ending Suspension

Part of Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:37 pm on 8th February 2000.

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Photo of Mr William Thompson Mr William Thompson UUP, West Tyrone 10:37 pm, 8th February 2000

A tremendous change was signalled by the right hon. Gentleman's statement this evening, when he said that we must not blame anybody. He has said very little about the IRA this evening, but he has been very patronising to the members of the Ulster Unionist party. Let me say this to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: he should not ignore the views or the decisions of the Ulster Unionist people because, ultimately, nothing can work in Northern Ireland without their consent.

This has to come—there has to be suspension. But in any review, let the Secretary of State recognise that he must satisfy the views of the majority of the people of Northern Ireland if there is to be eventual peace in Northern Ireland.