||<p>Since May, the five main Northern Ireland parties have engaged in a series of cross-party
talks, focused on the key issues that are central to restoring the power-sharing institutions.
I am doing everything I can to support the political parties in coming to an agreement,
including continuing having detailed discussions with everyone involved.</p><p> </p><p>The
report I laid before the House on Wednesday 4 September contains a fuller update on
the progress towards restoring the Executive.</p><p> </p><p>The people of Northern
Ireland deserve strong political leadership from locally elected politicians. They
do not deserve the current impasse.</p><p> </p>