Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland
SDLP Minister Nichola Mallon has today met with Peter Henry who is carrying out the Connectivity Review for the British Government.
In a frank statement, the SDLP Minister and Deputy Leader said her meeting was to “issue directly a stark warning” over any “power grab” of devolved powers.
Ms Mallon said:
“I have been crystal clear since taking up office, the British Government may provide welcome financial assistance to Ministers here but they will not, under any circumstances, tell ministers here what to do with devolved powers.
“Today I met with the representatives of the British Government’s connectivity review to issue directly a stark warning, that I will engage constructively to ensure vital funds for the North are secured but in no way will I condone any attempt at a power grab. Money for infrastructure will only be spent on projects that serve the people we represent and Ministers here are best placed to know what our local communities need.
“I’ve been frank and upfront, there will be no cooperation with any sort of Tory flag waving project that’s more interested in the futures of those in Downing Street than those on the streets of Belfast. Infrastructure is an enabler, it’s a game changer and if we want to improve lives we need to invest now for people and communities right across the island of Ireland. I’m not interested in Boris’s vanity projects. It’s time for the British Government to honour their commitments in NDNA. I’m ready to deliver.”