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NI shadow secretary will not address Labour conference

Shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Owen Smith will not address the main Labour Party conference. Picture by Hugh Russell

SHADOW secretary of state for Northern Ireland Owen Smith will not address this year's Labour party conference.

The event, which runs until Wednesday, normally includes contributions from across the shadow cabinet but the number of speakers has been restricted this year in favour of grassroots voices.

The shadow secretary will, however, address a conference fringe event tomorrow jointly organised by the Labour Party Irish Society (LPIS) and the SDLP entitled “Brexit: The Irish Questions”.

He was also due to speak alongside Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion last night at the fringe event "Rights For All: Standing Up For Equality & Unity - Standing Against Brexit & Austerity".

Ms McCallion called for an end to discrimination and urgent progress towards a rights-based society.

"Securing the human rights, language rights, and welfare rights of citizens is a stand that has been endorsed in historic numbers by the electorate in the north of Ireland," she said.

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