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Green's deputy leader Bailey steps aside

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Green Party MLA Clare Bailey is stepping aside from her role as deputy leader in Northern Ireland.

She has held the post for three years.

Ms Bailey has said she wishes to give another person the opportunity to develop in the position.

Since November 2014 she has worked alongside party leader Steven Agnew and in 2016 became the party's second Stormont representative, when the people of South Belfast elected her an MLA.

She held her seat in the 2017 Assembly election.

Ms Bailey has been one of the main advocates for the party adopting a pro-choice stance on abortion, as well as the re-establishment of the party's LGBT group Queer Greens.

While she will no longer be deputy leader, she will remain an MLA and party member.

In a statement, Ms Bailey said, "I have been given and gained so much as Green Party deputy leader across the past three years.

"The time is right for me to step aside and allow another person to develop the role of deputy leader.

"It's also right that another person gets the opportunity to develop themselves through the role.

"I am a busy South Belfast MLA and will put all of my efforts and energy into doing my very best for the people of the area."

Her replacement will be announced at the party's conference on September 30.

PMs discuss how to resolve Bombardier issue

Theresa May and Justin Trudeau held talks. Credit: PA

Prime Minister Theresa May has discussed how to resolve the Bombardier issue with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The matter was on the agenda during talks in Ottawa on Monday.

Ms May also said she will raise it again with US President Donald Trump when they meet later this week.

"I will be impressing on him the significance of Bombardier to the United Kingdom and particularly to jobs in Northern Ireland,” she explained.

"We have discussed today how we can work together and to see a resolution of this resolution which, from my point of view, I want to see a resolution that protects those jobs.”


Top civil servant says incinerator decision 'in public interest'

The top civil servant who gave the go-ahead for a vast waste incinerator at the Hightown Quarry outside Belfast says he's taken the decision in the public interest.

Peter May, the permanent secretary at the Department for Infrastructure, has been criticised by most of the political parties for giving the green light to the controversial project without a minister in position.

He has been speaking to our Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee.

NI 'on glide path to greater UK intervention' - Brokenshire

James Brokenshire warned of a "glide path to greater intervention" by the UK Government. Credit: UTV

Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said time is running out for the parties to reach agreement to restore power-sharing.

In a speech to a dinner for business leaders at Queen's University in Belfast he hinted strongly that in the absence of devolution there will be greater and greater intervention from the UK Government.

He said: "I have been clear with the parties that they must come together and reach agreement in the short window of time that remains.

"If this does not happen within a short number of weeks, we risk greater political decision-making from Westminster - starting with provision for a 2017-18 Budget this autumn.

"This is not what anyone wants and would profoundly be a step back not a step forwards.

"But in the continuing absence of devolution the UK Government retains ultimate responsibility for good governance and political stability in Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom - and we will not shirk from the necessary measures to deliver that.

"If things don’t change we are on a glide path to greater and greater UK government intervention."

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