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Tories select Wilson for East Belfast

The Conservatives have selected Neil Wilson to contest next year’s Northern Ireland Assembly elections in East Belfast.  Mr Wilson was the party’s Westminster candidate in the constituency, finishing third in the poll.

Executive is stalling the economy - Andrews

Northern Ireland’s economy is stalling because the Executive is “fostering uncertainty” by failing to implement welfare reform and agree a budget, according to Conservative economy spokesman, Johnny Andrews.

Northern Ireland at "the crossroads" economically - Tories

The crisis over welfare reform and the budget has “left Northern Ireland at a crossroads, economically and politically”, according to Conservative Party spokesman, Johnny Andrews.  Mr Andrews made his comments after Sinn Féin chairperson, Declan Kearney, claimed that the Executive cannot afford to cut Corporation Tax.

Civil servants job uncertainty 'shameful'

More than 1,000 civil servants, due to take voluntary redundancy, are being put “in a shameful position” by the Stormont Executive, according to Conservative spokesman, Mark Brotherston.  £700 million set aside to finance the exit scheme is in doubt, because the parties have failed to implement the Stormont Agreement.

College crèche decision 'stifles aspiration'

The Conservatives’ spokesman for East Belfast, Neil Wilson, has asked why Belfast Met further education college is closing a crèche at its Castlereagh campus.   

Manton criticises 'scaremongering' about schools merger

The Conservatives’ South Belfast spokesman, Ben Manton, has criticised “needless scaremongering” about the proposed merger of three primary schools.  The department of education has published plans to amalgamate Fane Street Primary School, Blythefield Primary and Donegall Road Primary.  

Welfare debacle shows opposition necessary at Stormont

The crisis over welfare reform at Stormont has “proved beyond any shadow of doubt the need for an official opposition at the Assembly”, according to Conservative Party spokesman, Johnny Andrews.  

Irish Open a 'source of shared pride'

The Irish Open golf tournament, about to be staged at Royal County Down in Newcastle, will “showcase all that’s best about Northern Ireland and prove a source of shared pride for everyone in our community”, according to the Conservatives’ local culture and sport spokesman, Neil Wilson.