With less than two days to polling day, the election campaign is well underway in South Belfast.
I spoke in the Assembly this morning in support of a motion calling for an independent review of the Social Investment Fund. The motion was defeated by 53 votes to 38.
This summer, I gave notice to the Assembly of my intention to bring a Private Member’s Bill in response to the need for legislation to protect the right of babies to be fed in public places
I explored some of the issues resulting from the Brexit referendum, including the challenges and opportunities for Irish nationalism…
The Assembly Finance Committee met again last week to discuss issues arising from the the sale of the NAMA loan portfolio, and in light of yet more revelations on BBC’s Spotlight programme, the SDLP has reiterated our call for a comprehensive inquiry with a firm all-island dimension â€” if ever there was a North/South issue it is this.
Boundary commission proposals, designed to equalise the size of all Westminster constituencies, were published this week and have a particularly major impact on South Belfast, slicing and dicing it into four constituencies.
My overwhelming feelings this morning are still shock and anxiety, but despair is going to get us nowhere. I felt for days and months that this referendum wasn’t won but never really allowed myself think of the emotional consequences and real complexities – we warned about a carnival of reaction that would follow Brexit and the best we can do now is try to put some decent shape on what follows.
Nichola Mallon and I have proposed a costed increase in the basic free allowance of pre-school childcare from 12.5 hours to 20 hours per week, with a view to further increasing it to 30 hours – it makes sense economically and socially.
I’m delighted to have been elected to represent South Belfast and was overwhelmed at the First Preference vote I received, polling second in the highly competitive South Belfast race, and the support and goodwill of so many people.
I spoke in the Assembly this week on the second stage of the Employment Bill, which aims to strike the right balance between flexibility for employers and the protection of workers’ rights.