Middleton – “No confidence in Mayor to balance Barnier visit”

30 April 2018

Foyle DUP MLA Gary Middleton has questioned how Michel Barnier will get a balanced view of Londonderry during his visit if hosted by the Mayor.

Gary Middleton MLA

Member of the Environment Committee

Gary Middleton

As the sole unionist MLA for Foyle, Mr Middleton has not been invited to meet Mr Barnier.

Mr Middleton said,

“SF MEP Martina Anderson has objected to concerns about Michel Barnier getting a balanced view from this visit by saying the Mayor would ensure the guest list “captures all that is great about our city”.

The Mayor’s abysmal record of inclusivity towards the unionist community speaks for itself.

This Mayor has refused to attend any remembrance events, has snubbed Prince Charles, prevented any Council representative from attending a royal garden party and tarnished the Office by wearing the Mayoral chain whilst visiting a dissident republican terrorist in prison.

This is the track record of the Mayor who will ensure Michel Barnier will see “all that is great” about Londonderry. It is a record of embarrassment to the Office. I have no confidence in the Mayor to provide a balanced visit.”

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