Daily Ireland ran a story yesterday on the ‘exclusion’ of one of Castlereagh’s two SDLP councillors from the District Policing Partnership. “Six DUP councillors were returned, along with two members of the Ulster Unionist Party and one member of the Alliance Party”.The SDLP’s Brian Hanvey complained about the ambiguity in the legislation governing selection:
The problem in Castlereagh is that it is a unionist-dominated council and now the DPP does not reflect the make-up of the wider community. What is the Policing Board going to do about that and how does a move like this progress policing post-Patten?
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