PM left peace talks to go to rave: claim

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The Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Ivan Lewis, has accused the Prime Minister of leaving the Northern Ireland peace talks to go to a rave.

Labour MP Ivan Lewis said he left the talks in Belfast to attend an Ibiza-themed birthday party thrown for his wife at Chequers.

“I have no problem with David Cameron attending a family celebration. However, his unwillingness to remain in Northern Ireland for a longer period in order to broker progress, caused serious concern at the time.

“This is an incredibly fragile time for political stability in Northern Ireland and the Prime Minister had a duty to either stay the course or visit at a time when he could give the situation his fullest attention.

“He now has serious questions to answer about whether he was less than truthful about his reasons for an abrupt departure, which made an already fraught situation worse.”