North’s new Secretary of State warns of election if no executive in place by October 28

Chris Heaton-Harris has told Sinn Féin’s leaders that if no progress is made on restoring the executive, there will be a new poll

Chris Heaton-Harris: the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland told Sinn Féin that fresh elections would be called if no progress was made on restoring the executive. Picture: Pacemaker

An election will be called in the North if no executive is in place by October 28, the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has told Sinn Féin.

Chris Heaton-Harris met with Sinn Féin’s leadership team earlier this month, shortly after his appointment by Liz Truss, the new British prime minister. There has been no functioning executive in Northern Ireland since last February, due to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) pulling out of power ...