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SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has called for the Treasury to immediately reduce the rate of VAT on tourism sector following her Westminster debate on the issue. Speaking after the debate today, which received wide cross-party support, Ms Ritchie said: “This debate demonstrated the strength of feeling on this issue. The tourism industry […]

Speaking after receiving confirmation, by way of a written parliamentary answer from the Minister of State Andrew Robathan, that no assessment has taken place on the effect of the rate of VAT on the tourism sector in Northern Ireland, Margaret Ritchie MP said; “I have been campaigning with the tourism industry for a reduction in […]

Ritchie applauds the establishment of the Kilkeel Strategic Partnership as an economic regeneration and investment initiative for the fishing village Speaking at the launch of the Kilkeel Strategic Partnership on last Friday, South Down SDLP MP, Margaret Ritchie said “There has been a strong innate entrepreneurial spirit in Kilkeel for decades. The local population whether […]

Margaret Ritchie MP has 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 said: “David Cameron and his Government are constantly telling us they want to support the Northern Ireland […]

Speaking after questions in the House of Commons to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury the MP for South Down said; “I have been campaigning for the introduction of a Rural Fuel Rebate Scheme for South Down since 2011, when a similar scheme was introduced in the Scottish Islands. Progress has been made, with the […]

The scheme provided operators a reduction in the aggregates levy if they agreed to meet environmental requirements but it is currently suspended during a State Aid Investigation by the European Commission. Speaking following this morning’s meeting Ms Ritchie stated “The Levy Credit Scheme is absolutely critical for our local quarry operators and indeed for the […]

Margaret Ritchie MP has said the Trust must act without delay to secure sustainable recruitment of middle grade doctors to ensure the Downe A&E Department can re-open on a 24/7 basis. Ms Ritchie said: “In the House of Commons on Tuesday I raised directly with the Secretary of State for Health, the crisis facing the […]

Speaking after information appeared today from a leaked Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) review document that the Department intends to stop paying benefits into Post Office card accounts the MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said; “This proposal, to stop paying benefits into Post Office card accounts, coming from a leaked internal DWP review […]

The people of Down and Mourne will not stand idly by and allow services to be removed from our hospital. Each one of us walked the streets, attended rallies and meetings, and above all fought long and hard to secure a new hospital in Downpatrick with a range of services. That fight to secure and […]

  South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said she will support a vote at Westminster today in favour of a legal ban on smoking in cars carrying children.   Ms Ritchie said children should be protected.   Ms Ritchie said: “We’ve heard from doctors who say being in an enclosed space like a car significantly […]