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?”