Farry concerned over UK Government’s mixed messaging on lockdown

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has said he is concerned the UK Government’s mixed messaging over the pandemic lockdown will only cause confusion in Northern Ireland. Dr Farry was speaking after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government’s slogan in England would now be ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’. “While taking into […]

A platform piece in today’s News Letter by Stephen Farry MP on stimulating our economic recovery from Covid-19

We are far from clear of the COVID-19 crisis, but once it eases, Northern Ireland, alongside much of the world, will face enhanced, ongoing economic challenges for businesses and people. I am sceptical we will automatically see a V-shaped economic slump followed by a sharp recovery. While this economic recession doesn’t arise from demand-related problems, […]

Targeted extension of rates relief essential provided it is focused on most severely affected sectors, says Farry

A targeted extension of a rates holiday is essential as part of a strategic package of tailored measures to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced the deferral of the issuing of rates for businesses from this month until June. Dr Farry said there […]

UK Government’s trade talks document manifesto for confrontation, says Farry

The UK Government’s document outlining its priorities for trade talks with the EU is a “manifesto for confrontation,” Alliance Brexit spokesperson Stephen Farry MP has said. The 30-page document states the Government’s aim for a trading relationship with the EU following the transition period at the end of 2020. However, Dr Farry said it was […]

Farry joins other MPs to speak out against trophy hunting

Alliance MP Stephen Farry has joined other MPs to speak out against trophy hunting, calling for a complete ban on the activity. MPs from a number of parties combined to sign a letter from animal welfare organisations Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting and Humane Society International, stating trophy hunting has ‘devastating’ impacts on many species’ […]

New immigration plans pose particular threat to Northern Ireland, says Farry

New immigration plans from the UK Government pose a particular threat to Northern Ireland, Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has said. The points-based system would mean low-skilled workers would not receive visas after the UK leaves the EU. “Alliance is opposed to these changes. We will be pursuing a two-track approach of objecting to […]