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Speaker: Motion of No Confidence

Part of Private Members' Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:30 pm on 16th January 2017.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance 6:30 pm, 16th January 2017

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Thank you for your ruling. I understand the rationale behind it. I believe that the Speaker at the time cited precedent from the first Assembly. However, it is clear that poor precedent should never outweigh what is seen as good practice. So, would it be possible to compare the poor precedent from what I believe was the first Assembly, which met in this Chamber, with the intention of the ruling under 'Erskine May', which is that no one should be able to make a statement to the House without other Members having the opportunity to respond to it?