28/03/2018

Donnelly Selected For West-Tyrone By-Election

Mr Stephen Donnelly has been selected as the Alliance party's candidate for the West Tyrone by-election.

Party leader Naomi Long MLA made the announcement during her speech at the party's annual Spring Conference on Saturday, 24 March.

Mr Donnelly said: "We are in challenging times, as the continued failure of devolved government at Stormont and on-going Brexit negotiations come against the backdrop of an unstable economy and stretched public services.
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"We can and must do better.

"I'm delighted to be standing for Alliance, on a platform of providing a progressive alternative to the current deadlock, opposing a hard Brexit and putting forward our belief in the need for Northern Ireland to stay within the single market and to avoid a hard border.

"There are challenges ahead, but Alliance have the foresight to take the necessary next steps forward to not only strengthen Northern Ireland, but also deliver the kind of society we all believe in."

(CD/LM)

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