Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking following a meeting with the Irish President Michael Higgins this evening, said:
“It was a privilege to meet with President Higgins at Windsor Castle on the first day of his historic state visit to the United Kingdom.
“We discussed the ongoing positive developments in the relationship between the UK and Ireland. As the President said in his address to both Houses of Parliament, there is much we have in common and much we can do together in the years ahead.
“We also spoke about the enormous contribution made by Irish people in Britain across art and culture, business, politics and indeed every area of British society.
“The improved relations between the UK and Ireland are as a direct result of the peace process in Northern Ireland. I reaffirmed my commitment to continuing to work with the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish government to ensure we build a shared and prosperous future.
“I wish President Higgins and his wife Sabina well for the rest of their visit and look forward to continuing good relations between our countries and the peoples of these islands.”