– Laurence Robertson, chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of MPs
It is the bravery and determination of the security forces which has held Northern Ireland together at times like this. There can be no excuse for the violence which we have witnessed in North Belfast over the last two nights. Huge strides forward have been made in the province over the last ten years and there is no place for this kind of activity. Nor is there a place for any kind of paramilitary activity or sectarianism.
Police have come under attack in a third night of disturbances in Belfast. Fifteen police officers were hurt last night.