Ford welcomes Paterson as Secretary of State

Alliance Leader David Ford has welcomed Conservative MP Owen Paterson upon his appointment as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

David Ford said: “I look forward to working with Owen Paterson in his new role as Secretary of State.

“I spoke to him to have a preliminary discussion about relationships between the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Justice. Although much of the Northern Ireland Office’s responsibility has now been devolved to Stormont, he will still have an important role to play and it is

important that Northern Ireland has a well informed representative at the cabinet table.”


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