Quid pro quo in assembly speaker appointments

The DUP’s Robin Newton was today appointed as the NI assembly’s principal deputy speaker with support from Sinn Féin. The appointment was confirmed minutes after the East Belfast MLA was confirmed as a deputy speaker joining the experienced John Dallat of the SDLP and Roy Beggs of the UUP.

Last week the DUP supported the appointment of Sinn Féin’s  Mitchel McLaughlin  as NI assembly speaker and both partys have been accused of a ‘carve-up’ of top positions at Stormont.

The Ulster Unionists, SDLP, Alliance and other MLAs voted against the appointment with the TUV’s Jim Allister dismissing it as a “vanity post…to the point of ridiculousness”.



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  • Catcher in the Rye

    The other parties are right, but this was all set up about two years ago.

    SF wanted something tangible in terms of the Speaker post, so this “principal deputy speaker” role was created with the agreement of the DUP so that they could be formally appointed into that position to act as the Speaker’s immediate deputy and next in line for the job.

    It really isn’t a big deal in the grander scheme of things.

  • npbinni

    Obama told the Republicans (American) in 2009: I won! And proceeded to ignore the GOP until his own party suffered the most humiliating defeats in American history. Now he cannot ignore the Republicans.

    Moral of the story: the UUP, SDLP, All and TUV have to persuade the electorate to vote for them if they want to play with the big boys and girls.

  • David Crookes

    Thanks once again to TF for the video. Keep it up!

  • Dan

    Splendid withering contempt from Alister toward the DUP in the youtube there, with Bell beaming away like he usually does. I’m not sure he understands what’s going on most of the time.

  • chrisjones2

    Will the Assembly now employ his family members as well?