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Ritchie: Chancellor must explain failure to consult RBS on sell-off

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has expressed her dissatisfaction with an answer from the Chancellor to her question regarding his failure to consult the Government’s sell off of its stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group.
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Ritchie: Secretary of State must argue for Tourism VAT Reduction

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has pressed the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland to act as a “persuader” in convincing the Chancellor to reduce the rate of tourism VAT across the UK, which would benefit Northern Ireland.
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Ritchie criticises Chancellor’s failure to consult RBS on sell-off

SDLP South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie, has criticised Chancellor George Osborne for his failure to consult the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) about the sell-off of the Government’s stake in RBS. An answer provided by Minister Harriet Baldwin to a question tabled by Ms Ritchie revealed that the Chancellor “did not discuss” the sell-off with RBS, Natwest or Ulster Bank.
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Eastwood: Derry needs priority measures to boost economy

The latest figures for unemployment benefit claimants show that Derry is in dire need of special measures to boost job creation and the economy, SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood has said.
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McGlone: Relief needed for rocketing rates burden

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has called on new Finance Minister Arlene Foster to institute a review of non-domestic rates for those businesses that have seen extreme rises of up to 300%.
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