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Hunger Striker plaque a betrayal of Labour traditions – Beattie

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Justice Spokesperson, Doug Beattie MC MLA, has condemned the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell following the revelation that he has a plaque commemorating IRA and INLA Hunger Strikers displayed in his office. 

Doug Beattie MC MLA said:

“Perhaps the most troubling thing about the news that John O’Donnell’s decision to keep a plaque to the Hunger Strikers on his office wall is that it comes as no real surprise.

“It is one thing for an obscure councillor or possibly even a backbench Labour MP to do this, but for someone who is the Shadow Chancellor to do it is a betrayal of the British Labour tradition.    

“The Hunger Strikers were convicted terrorists. They were in prison for terrorist acts including bombing and murder. One of them - Raymond McCreesh - was caught in possession of a weapon used by the IRA in the sectarian murder of ten workmen.

“What kind of Labour politician chooses to commemorate someone who was caught in possession of a weapon used to murder ten innocent men as they headed home to their families after a day’s work?”

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Ulster Unionists