The shadow Northern Ireland secretary has defended his party after the term ‘northern Ireland’ was used on Labor’s conference app at the event in Liverpool.
n Saturday, the app described Peter Kyle as the “Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland”, an alternative name for Northern Ireland that is regularly used by Sinn Fein and other Republicans to describe Province.
During the conference, Mr Kyle will also speak at a Sinn Fein side event titled ‘The Good Friday Promise: Real Change in Ireland’, which appears under his headline on the app.
Mr Kyle was promoted to the post last year by party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Addressing the Sunday Telegraphhe said the wording was used after the app used words “provided by outside groups holding meetings so people can see what’s going on in the city” and said he was not not agree with the description.
‘It in no way reflects words spoken, fabricated or published by me or the Labor Party,’ he told the newspaper, adding that it will ‘always be Northern Ireland for the Labor Party’.
“I don’t want words to be a barrier to discussion, so I go to these meetings and introduce myself by my appropriate title and get down to business.”
The controversy mirrors a similar incident at last year’s Labor Conference when literature used there also referred to then-Secretary of State Louise Haigh as “shadow secretary of state for the Northern Ireland’.
In 2021, the term “Northern Ireland” also appeared in the physical copy of Labour’s official conference guide, with a foreword by party leader Sir Keir Starmer, as well as in the party’s online listings.
At the time, DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said he had hoped “next time they would ensure that NI were given their proper title”.