Alliance MLA urges public to sign petition to ban hunting with dogs

Alliance MLA, John Blair has encouraged the public to sign a petition calling for a ban on hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland. The call comes after his historic Bill, to ban the hunting of wild mammals with dogs, was blocked by Stormont. The proposed legislation was debated in the Assembly on Monday 6 December, […]

The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now, says Blair

The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now, Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has said.   Mr Blair was speaking in the Assembly chamber, ahead of his attendance at COP26 in Glasgow. A summit to bring together political figures from across the globe to discuss actions […]

The COP26 climate change event must have tangible outcomes, Alliance representatives have said.

The COP26 climate change event must have tangible outcomes and not just be a case of the UK Government ‘greenwashing’ its commitments to tackling the climate crisis, Alliance representatives have said. Speaking as the UN’s COP26 climate change conference kicked off in Glasgow, Stephen Farry MP, Andrew Muir MLA and John Blair MLA said “real […]

Imperative work of Police Ombudsman remains free from political interference, says Blair

It is imperative the work of the Police Ombudsman remains independent and free from political interference, Alliance MLA John Blair has said. The Alliance Policing Board member was speaking during an Assembly debate criticising the Ombudsman and calling for a full inspection of the organisation. Alliance MLAs voted against the DUP motion, with Mr Blair […]

PSNI and other institutions need to outline measures to prevent repeat of Sarah Everard case here, says Blair

The PSNI, along with other major institutions, need to outline the measures they are taking to prevent a repeat of the Sarah Everard case occurring here, Alliance Policing Board representative John Blair MLA has said. Mr Blair was speaking after raising the matter in the Assembly this morning. Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens has been […]

Blair welcomes creation of new victims role by Justice Minister

Alliance MLA John Blair has welcomed the creation of a new role by the Justice Minister to support victims of crime. The Victims of Crime Commissioner Designate will carry out a series of tasks, including reviewing the effectiveness of laws and practices around victims, and making recommendations to better improve services to the Department of […]