This month, I backed an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane by the Ulster Defence Association.

Since being appointed as Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary in April, I have engaged and met with victims of the Troubles across communities.

I firmly believe there must a comprehensive solution to the issue of legacy and the thousands of murders from the Troubles, many of which never received an effective investigation. To be successful, any approach has to engage fully with victims. Families have had to wait too long for resolution, and it is time that was delivered.

The Finucane family were given an unequivocal guarantee that a public inquiry would take place. In the words of the Supreme Court ‘previous investigations hampered, if not indeed prevented, the uncovering of truth about his murder’.

With the UK in breach of our legal obligations, we have a duty to uphold the rule of law and a responsibility to deliver on those commitments made.

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