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Junior Minister's Speech- Retail NI 10 30th September 2010

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Thank you for the kind introduction. I’m grateful for the invitation to be with you here this morning at the Stormont Hotel. As a local MLA, it is also great to have your conference back in East Belfast once again. I must also congratulate the organisers for once again having managed to attract an impressive range of speakers.

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Junior Minister's Speech- Sustainable Development Conference 21st Spetember 2010

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Firstly, can I begin by welcoming everyone here today.  This is an important event for my Department – as the policy leaders within Government – as we seek to progress the sustainability agenda here in Northern Ireland.  We have held a long-term ambition to host an event that brings together individuals from across the sustainable development spectrum to share experiences and knowledge and to examine these in a ‘real world’ context.

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Junior Minister's Speech- Amnesty International Poverty And Human Rights / Millenium Development Goals Event 13th September 2010

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Good afternoon everyone and many thanks for inviting me here today to speak at your ‘Poverty, Health and Human Rights’ Event.

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Junior Minister's Speech- UK Youth Parliament 26th July 2010

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I feel very privileged to be here today at the close of such an exciting event.  As a politician, it is very encouraging to see evidence before me of the extent of interest taken by young people in influencing their own future and that of their country. 

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Platform Piece- Unionist Unity Newsletter 3rd July 2010

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Over recent days some of the vested political interests seeking to create and maintain divisions within the unionist family have raised their voices. They argue for a continuation of division and acrimony. Einstein said madness is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. Unionist division makes Unionists want to stay at home, continuing division and bitterness will increase the number of Unionist non-voters. The long-term interests of Northern Ireland are served through Unionist co-operation not through perpetuating still further division.

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Junior Minister's Speech- Interface Belfast Project 18th May 2010

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for the invitation to be involved in the launch of your interface project.

The problems faced by people living in interface areas are a very real concern to the Executive.  We want to support research which strives to increase understanding of the difficulties faced by people living in these areas and projects which can improve their lives and the oppotunities open to them.

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Junior Minister's Speech- National Children's Bureau NI Project 'Attitudes To Difference' Report Launch

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Thank you for your kind invitation to come here today and for those words of welcome.

I want to start by commending the work that has been put into producing what is an excellent and enlightening report on 'Attitudes to Difference'.

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Hung Parliament Looming?

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It is widely expected that a General Election will be called for May 6.

With the political polls revealing a narrowing gap between the main parties, it is clear a hung parliament is a possibility, making the coming general election the most exciting in many years.

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Junior Minister Newton's Speech- European Year 2010 Event 24th March 2010

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Thank you Noel for your kind introduction. And thank you to the Lord Mayor and Belfast City Council for letting us use this great venue today to hold this very important event.

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Junior Minister Newton's Speech- Cohesion, Sharing And Integration 24th February 2010

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Thank you Mr Speaker. I welcome this opportunity to come here to day to discuss and debate the new proposed good relations programme which has the aim of achieving greater cohesion, sharing and integration across Northern Ireland. 

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