The Sinn Fein Chief Whip, Carál Ní Chuilin has announced that the party has lodged a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of the Assembly, Robin Newton.
Outlining the party’s rationale she says;
We have lodged our motion of no confidence in Speaker Robin Newton.
The performance in the Assembly on 19th December was a shambles and totally compromised the independence and integrity of that office.
The Speaker should be above reproach and independently accountable to the political institutions. However, he is acting without regard to the integrity of the office and as such his position is now untenable.
He is now part of the problem and an integral part of the unfolding crisis and he should resign immediately.
This follows the UUP and SDLP who have also publicly declared no confidence in him.