“I had been contacted by some small local businesses who have been victims of a VAT scam. This scam is characterised in an official looking document entitled Publication of costs VAT registration – Numbers in the UK Corporate Portal 2014, requesting further information and potential fee costs. This spurious document also stated “as we operate […]

“The creation of 33 jobs and investment of over £900,000 in scampi production in Kilkeel will not only be welcomed by the local community, but will secure the 140 jobs already existing at the Kilkeel Seafoods plant. The quality of product and the expertise and skills of the workforce in Kilkeel are clearly the drivers […]

“Six months on from when errors were first made in the monthly pay cheques of health sectors employees this debacle still continues. As recently as Friday 30th May, I received information from the Minister for Health stating that the majority of cases had been resolved and refunds had been made. However, this is clearly not […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie is supporting the call for additional places at the All Saints’ Nursery Unit at St Colman’s Primary School, Annaclone. Ms Ritchie stated, “There is a strong level of feeling in the Annaclone community for sufficient pre-school places to be made available for young children in the area. Parents understandably want their […]

Margaret Ritchie MP addresses NIHF Breakfast in Newry on the need to Cut VAT on Tourism Addressing representatives from the hospitality and business related sectors the MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said ; First of all thank you to the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation for inviting me to address you today. There have been […]

The Kilkeel Plant must be a priority for DETI and OFMDFM Speaking after her meeting with representatives from UNITE Trade Union (Wednesday 14th May) the MP for the area Margaret Ritchie said; “Our concentration must be on the protection of jobs and the production line at the BE Aerospace plant in Kilkeel. The Kilkeel Plant […]

Ritchie welcomes wonderful news as Irish Open comes to County Down SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed news that the Irish Open golf tournament will once again come north in 2015 as Royal County Down is announced as the host club. Speaking after the announcement was made today, Ms Ritchie said: “This is […]

The SDLP have described a proposed twelve week consultation by HMRC as a farcical stunt by the agency and has questioned the British Governments real commitment to boosting the Northern Ireland Economy. South Down MP Margaret Ritchie and Newry and Armagh Assembly Member Dominic Bradley MLA have reacted angrily to the proposals and have vowed […]

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has slammed the British Government, as a reply to her Parliamentary Question revealed that the Coastguard Station in Belfast was not staffed at safe levels more than fifty per cent of the time in 2013. Speaking from Westminster Ms Ritchie stated:   “I was shocked to find that […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has repeated calls for a speedy resolution of the European Commissions’ investigation into the Aggregates Credit Levy Scheme, and for the scheme to be re-instated as soon as possible with a rejection of any proposal for retrospective payments from local firms.   Ms Ritchie stated: “The Aggregates Levy Credit […]