Literific members take on the ‘folks on the hill’


The Queen’s University Literary and Scientific Society held their first social event of the year on Tuesday 22nd October, in Parliament Buildings at Stormont.

Hosted by Society Trustee Basil McCrea – MLA for Lagan Valley and NI21 Party Leader – the event was attended by forty Literific members. As well as watching an Assembly debate from the public gallery, guests were given a tour of the Assembly and Senate chambers by McCrea and his party colleague John McCallister.

Following this, McCrea, along with Anna Lo – Alliance Party MLA for South Belfast – and Sinn Fein’s Phil Flannagan, took part in a debate with Society members Conor Conneally, Adam Kydd and Andrew Carruthers.

The debate, on the motion that ‘This House Believes That More MLAs Should Resign’, saw a number of different positions on the issue expressed.

Literific members at Stormont with NI21 deputy leader John McAllister

Carruthers, Mr. Flannagan and Ms. Lo asserted that MLAs who fail to perform have a moral obligation to resign, whereas the opposition claimed that they should be left alone in order to govern effectively. Following the speeches, a vote was taken that saw the motion carried by a large majority.

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