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Donation legislation long overdue but falls short in hiding past details

Monday 03 July 2017

Steven Agnew MLA has said that an announcement that donation details for Northern Ireland parties will be published is “long overdue but falls short as past details will remain hidden”.

The Green Party leader’s comments follow an announcement in the House of Commons from Secretary of State James Brokenshire this afternoon (Monday 03 July 2017) on legislation requiring the publication of donations and loans after 01 July 2017.

Steven Agnew said: “As the only party to publish details of donations over £500, we’re pleased that other parties must follow our lead.

“People should know what outside interests are involved in our politics. Transparency is a critical element of representative democracy.”

Steven Agnew, who has been a North Down MLA since 2011 concluded:

“I welcome this development – it is long overdue. My only regret is that past donations will remain hidden.”

ENDS

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