Assembly Election

Villiers says parties should be given time to work out deal

Former secretary of state Theresa Villiers

Former Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers said parties should be given more time to agree a new powersharing deal.

She told BBC Radio Four's Today programme: "The law at the moment requires a fresh election after three weeks if there is no coalition formed. And so I think it will be important for the secretary of state to have legislation ready to give the parties more time.

"I think it would be a pity if they were launched back into yet another election just after three weeks."

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