Ford: Vernon Coaker will be missed

Alliance Leader David Ford has expressed his sadness at the resignation of Vernon Coaker, Labour Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary.

Mr Coaker resigned on Sunday as part of a protest at Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership over the EU referendum.

David Ford MLA said: “Regardless of the internal disputes within the Labour Party, I am very sad to see Vernon go.

“He has worked tirelessly for Northern Ireland over the years and was a good friend to all our people.

“He will be missed.”

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