“this is not a simple bit of legislation..”

The Financial Assistance Bill reached its consideration stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly today and there were 11 amendments tabled, including some by the First and deputy First Ministers. The Alliance Party’s Naomi Long has already detailed the the significant change in power balance the Bill represents and on today’s Stormont Live, after a round-up of the parties’ positions by Mark Devenport, the Alliance Party, the UUP and the SDLP were shown joined in opposition at a press conference outside the Assembly chamber.