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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.

Sinn Féin 'delusional' about UK mandate

Conservative Party spokesman, Alan Dunlop, has described Sinn Féin as ‘deluded’ after Conor Murphy questioned the Conservative government’s mandate to implement reform in Northern Ireland.

Conservatives issue healthcare cash challenge to Stormont

The Conservatives have challenged the Northern Ireland Executive to ‘ring-fence’ funding for the NHS which David Cameron has provided to create a ‘seven day’ health service.  The party’s spokesman, Neil Wilson, said the money should be invested “directly into front-line care for patients and delivering Transforming Your Care”.

Publish Windsor Park report demands Tory spokesman

A Conservative spokesman has expressed bemusement, after a Stormont Committee was told that a report by the Irish Football Association (IFA) into a stand collapsing at Windsor Park stadium might never be made public.   Neil Wilson said it was vital to “have transparency on an issue which is about public safety”.  

Tory angry at Bombardier announcement

The Conservatives’ East Belfast general election candidate, Neil Wilson, has reacted with anger to the news that at least 220 jobs will be lost at aerospace firm, Bombardier.  He described the firm’s announcement as “another blow to the constituency” and asked “what are East Belfast’s political representatives doing to arrest the decline of industry here?”.