Interventions should be carried out to tackle ‘rape myths’ in the justice system, says Blair

Alliance MLA John Blair has said interventions should be carried out to tackle ‘rape myths’ throughout the justice system, including in policing. The Policing Board member said incorrect beliefs about sexual crime impact upon policing, adding the police response to sexual assault reports and incidents should be regularly reviewed and assessed as a result. Mr […]

Urgent action required to prevent further fish kills, says Blair

Urgent action is required to prevent further repeats of fish kills after a reported incident at Three Mile Water, Alliance South Antrim MLA John Blair has said. The Environment spokesperson was speaking after requesting agreement from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to investigate the incident, which took in his South Antrim […]

HMIC report shows need for elected representatives to follow due process, says Blair

An independent report into the PSNI’s handling of the Bobby Storey funeral which found there was no bias in its actions shows the need for elected representatives to follow due process, Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has said. Mr Blair was speaking following the publication of the report by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate […]

We cannot repeat pandemic mistakes when tackling climate emergency, says Blair

We cannot repeat mistakes seen throughout the pandemic when it comes to tackling the climate emergency, Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has said. Mr Blair was speaking after the latest stage of the Climate Change Bill in the Assembly, which has been co-sponsored by Alliance alongside the other main parties except the DUP. He […]

Blair says violence has achieved nothing except spreading fear and destruction

Alliance MLA John Blair has said the violence of this week has achieved nothing except spreading fear and destruction in communities. Petrol bombs were thrown at police and vehicles hijacked and set alight during rioting in Newtownabbey last night (Saturday), which followed previous nights of violence in South Belfast and Derry-Londonderry. Police have said last […]

Blair requests police report after statistics show disproportionate stop and search figures

Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has requested a report from police after figures suggested a disproportionate number of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic minority backgrounds had been stopped and searched by the PSNI. Recently compiled statistics showed 25,021 people were subject to stop and search by PSNI in the past year, […]