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Local MP is knighted by Prince William

Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson was in Buckingham Palace recently for his Investiture following the award of a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen in her 90th Birthday Honours List.

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The Supreme Court hearing on Brexit: What’s it all about?

The Government goes to the Supreme Court today in the latest stage of the legal battle over Brexit. Here’s our guide to what the case is all about.

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Unionists put brakes on dual currency parking meters

Unionists have put the brakes on plans to explore if parking meters here may accept Euro coins.

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Donald Trump wins White House race: here’s how he could be a successful President

For some, having Trump at the helm of the USA is a frightening thought.
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It's decision day for America

An armchair guide to the US election

The name-calling, bluster and lack of clear policy pronouncements in one of the most divisive US presidential elections ever is at an end.

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How to watch the US Presidential election

Millions of people around the world will be tuning in to watch the US Presidential election unfold on Tuesday.

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Council voices support for Hope 4 ME and Fibro

Council voices support for Hope 4 ME and Fibro

Alderman William Leathem received full support from fellow Councillors at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council full meeting for his notice of motion calling on the Heath Minister to support the ongoing and productive work of Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland.

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NATO warships on way to Belfast after monitoring Russian navy vessels

Four NATO warships – including Belfast affiliated HMS DUNCAN – will arrive in Northern Ireland this weekend after being stood down from monitoring the movement of a Russian aircraft carrier through the English channel and to the Mediterranean.

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UUP MLA Robbie Butler pictured after being elected in May

UUP mental health spokesman asked question ten times in car crash interview

The Ulster Unionist Party’s mental health spokesman has struggled to articulate the party’s central health policy during a car crash ten-minute interview this morning.

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Lagan Valley branch secretary Keith Gray.

Lagan Valley branch members trying to drum up support for Labour Party

The Lagan Valley branch of the Labour Party is seeking to recruit new members.

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NI gymnast apologises for ‘mocking’ Islamic prayers

A retired gymnast from Northern Ireland has found himself embroiled in controversy after the emergence of a video appearing to show him mocking Islamic prayers with Team GB’s Olympic medallist Louis Smith.

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David Ford is to step down as Alliance leader

David Ford to step down as Alliance leader

David Ford is to step down as Alliance leader, effective from noon on Thursday (October 6).
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Despite denying it, LAD got money from Basil McCrea

Two years after the ‘Loyalists Against Democracy (LAD)’ parody website denied that it had ever taken a penny from a political party, the group’s founder has admitted that he received money from Basil McCrea.

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David Gordon has been a sharp critic of Stormont over many years

Questions over appointment of Stormont spin doctor

Pressure is mounting on the Executive over its decision to bypass normal recruitment rules to appoint a journalist as its new press secretary.

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Ian Paisley’s widow boycotts film about him and Martin McGuinness

Ian Paisley’s widow is to boycott the major film about how he came to strike a political deal to work with Martin McGuinness.

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MLA apologises for Facebook comment which appeared to compare immigrants to dogs

An MLA has apologised for an online comment in which she appeared to liken refugees to dogs.

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Like Manuel from Fawlty Towers, Martin McGuinness claimed to know nothing, said Sammy Wilson

Martin McGuinness ‘like Manuel from Fawlty Towers’

DUP veteran Sammy Wilson likened Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuiness to a dim-witted comedy character at the weekend, as the unionist stalwart sought to maintain pressure on the party over the Daithi McKay affair.

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Funding to keep library open

Communities Minister and Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan has made additional funding available to ensure that libraries, including Lisburn City Library, will not have to reduce their opening hours.

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Petition mum meets council

Tracy Mearns, the mother who launched a petition calling on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to introduce special pool sessions at Lisburn Leisureplex for children with autism, has met with representatives of the council to discuss issues that have arisen.

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Local MLA condemns flag burning

Lagan Valley MLA and Alliance Justice spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has criticised those who placed a Union flag on a bonfire in West Belfast.

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