Gary Lightbody said it was an “unforgivable act” to leave the region politically unmanned for so long.
The singer-songwriter has said she will only return to live performing if she was ‘absolutely desperate’ to do so.
Dawn French has led tributes to her Vicar of Dibley co-star John Bluthal who has died, aged 89. The actor, who was known for playing Frank Pickle in the much-loved series, was also known for his work on stage and film. It was announced by his talent agency online the actor had died on Saturday afternoon, after Mr Bluthal died on Thursday.