Bradshaw says proof will be in pudding over loyalist flag

Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has said the “proof will be in the pudding” after the unveiling of a new flag to commemorate the Somme centenary by the Loyalist Community Council.

The LCC claimed the flag was backed by loyalist paramilitary groups and said it hoped it would be flown instead of ones by such groups.

Mrs Bradshaw said a cautious welcome could be given to anything which potentially saw the removal of paramilitary flags from street furniture.

“Any removal of paramilitary flags is a step in the right direction. However, I have been informed of some paramilitary flags still being erected only yesterday, so the proof is going to be in the pudding with this matter.

“there is also a bigger issue here – 18 years after the Good Friday Agreement, paramilitaries should not exist, never mind be giving permission for flying of flags in our communities.

“Flag-flying from lampposts is often used to mark territory and intimidate others, while ensuring space is not shared. Alliance wants to see a respectful approach to flag-flying that creates a fair balance between the right to celebrate events with legal flags and the right of everyone to be safe and welcome in our community.”

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