Trevor Lunn MLA said: “I think the Praxis café is a fantastic initiative that provides employment for people with learning difficulties. I am very disappointed in the way that Theresa Villiers and the Northern Ireland Office have handled this dispute.
“I believe that the Secretary of State has acted in bad faith by refusing to be flexible and allow Praxis to continue to run the café in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle. At the very least she should give them compensation for the investment made by Praxis over the years.
“This dispute is not just an argument between two rival businesses. Praxis is providing a valuable service to help those with learning difficulties. I hope the Northern Ireland Office will reconsider their decision.”