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Ritchie: IDS Resignation Exposes Sinn Fein’s Weakness on Welfare   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has described former Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation as further vindication of the SDLP’s position on welfare reform and once again exposes the callousness of Sinn Fein’s decision to hand the Assembly’s welfare powers over […]

Ritchie welcomes Treasury investigation into Tourism VAT   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has welcomed the Treasury’s commitment to investigate the economic benefits of a reduced rate of Tourism VAT. Ms Ritchie, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Visitors’ Economy said: “I am delighted to welcome the commitment from the […]

MP welcomes commencement of work at St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor   SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has attended the sod cutting ceremony at St Bronagh’s Primary School and Youth Club, Rostrevor.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I am delighted to attend today’s event, which marks the commencement of work to provide a new primary school and […]

Ritchie welcomes Treasury investigation into Tourism VAT   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has welcomed the Treasury’s commitment to investigate the economic benefits of a reduced rate of Tourism VAT. Ms Ritchie, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Visitors’ Economy said: “I am delighted to welcome the commitment from the […]

Ritchie presses Government on support for renewables SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has questioned the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the Commons on how the decision to scrap all support for onshore wind will impact renewable energy in Britain and Northern Ireland Ms Ritchie has said: “Today I asked the Government […]

Ritchie: Kilclief 30mph zone welcome
30 March 2016 | 10:46 am

Ritchie: Kilclief 30mph zone welcome SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has welcomed the announcement from TransportNI that they intend to approve the introduction of a 30mph zone on the Bishopscourt Road in Kilclief. She said: I welcome the decision from TransportNI announcing their intention introduce a 30mph zone on the Bishopscourt Road following […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has made representations to the Department of Agriculture and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to press for action to allow for the commencement of pork exports to China. Ms Ritchie stated, “I am pleased that considerable progress had been made in relation to this matter and that […]

MP presses Minister to protect whitefish fleet in Co Down   Margaret Ritchie MP has urged George Eustice, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to protect the local whitefish fleet in Co Down ports. Ms Ritchie said, “It is crucial our fishing industry has the ability to fish cod in the Irish Sea. To […]

Happy St Patrick’s day
16 March 2016 | 2:29 pm

  The story of St Patrick is one of peace and bringing the community together. Patrick is a unifying figure and his message is one of reconciliation.   On the 17th of March, we celebrate the anniversary of a powerful and compelling story of bringing Christianity to Ireland and allowing it to blossom in a […]

Margaret Ritchie MP – Westminster Debate – Effect of the UK leaving the EU on Northern Ireland Margaret Ritchie MP receives support in Westminster for staying in the EU   Speaking today in Westminster Hall (16th March 2016) on the debate she secured, the MP for South Down said; “I am very grateful to have […]