In any other democracy McCausland would have to resign, says Allister

Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Unionist parties who earlier this week joined the DUP at a meeting with the Secretary of State about parading have called on Nelson McCausland to resign.

TUV leader Jim Allister said: “In any credible democracy a minister found guilty of deliberately misleading his scrutiny committee would be packing his bags.

“But, this is Stormont, where anything goes. So, no doubt, the minister and his party will seek to brazen it out.”

UUP MLA Michael Copeland said that Mr McCausland was “a lame duck minister” who should now consider his position and added: “His comments aren’t credible and don`t stand up to scrutiny.”

Sinn Fein and the SDLP also raised serious concerns about the issues raised in the report.

But DUP MP Sammy Wilson dismissed the report as “a discredited political witch-hunt and a waste of time and money.”

He said that Mr McCausland’s actions had saved taxpayers 21.5 per cent on the glazing contract and added: “This is a damp squib and the inquiry is now seen to be a discredited political witch-hunt.”