Beggs warns of ‘undemocratic forces’ behind threats to politicians

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has condemned those behind threats against his constituency colleague David Hilditch MLA.

Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 12:03 pm
David Hilditch MLA.

Mr Beggs, who also served on the former Carrickergus Borough Council with Mr Hilditch, a DUP representative, said “I have known David for many years, and he has served the East Antrim area as a public representative for decades. I condemn those faceless individuals who see fit to threaten David, and he has my support.

“There is no place for threats or intimidation in our society and I am sure that David will not be deterred.

“Those who issue threats again politicians and journalists are attempting to remove the normal democratic, civil freedoms that we all take for granted that our forefathers battled to achieve.

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Roy Beggs MLA.

“We all should indicate our support for those affected by undemocratic forces.”

Mr Hilditch said on Monday evening he was informed by police of a firearm threat against him.

He said: “I have been a public representative for nearly thirty years but I will not be deterred from that work by faceless people.”

Mr Hilditch is the sixth political representative in Northern Ireland to be threatened in recent weeks. Read more here

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