“I could not simply wipe the slate clean knowing what I know”

The UUP’s sole MP, Sylvia Hermon, is a member of the NI Affairs Committee whose report on Organised Crime was published today. She has spoken to the Press Association about how hearing the evidence over the past six months of, amongst other groups, the UVF’s involvement in crime here influenced her decision to criticise the Faustian Pact between the UUP and the PUP. [Has someone sent the report to Peter Hain? – Ed]From the PA report:

“But from the perspective of someone who also sits on this committee, we have been looking at considerable evidence over the past six months of UVF involvement in a range of crime.

“All of that has been swilling around over the past six months and I could not simply wipe the slate clean knowing what I know.

“The UVF we all know, is not on ceasefire, is a proscribed terrorist organisation that is not involved in decommissioning and is involved in crime.

“That is why I was most disappointed by Sir Reg Empey`s decision to go and ally the UUP with the PUP in the Assembly on May 15.”