24/06/2015

UUP Announce Two New Co-Optees

The UUP has announced two new co-optees to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Neil Somerville has been announced as Tom Elliott's replacement.

Mr Somerville said: "It will be a privilege and an honour to serve the people of Fermanagh & South Tyrone in the Northern Ireland Assembly. As part of the largest Unionist Party in the constituency, I look forward to working alongside Tom Elliott MP and our local councillors. We have a dedicated and committed team who will work diligently for all the people of the constituency."

Adrian Cochrane-Watson has been selected to succeed Danny Kinahan as South Antrim MLA.

He said: "I am personally delighted to be selected to carry on the excellent work of Danny Kinahan MP. I will represent the entire community of South Antrim in the Assembly. I would like to thank my friends and colleagues for their continued support."
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Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA said: "This is a moment of history for the Ulster Unionist Party, the first time since we secured devolution in 1998 that we have had to replace MLAs because they have gone on to become Members of Parliament. I can think of no better sign that the Party is in growth mode.

"We are losing two excellent MLAs in Danny Kinahan and Tom Elliott and on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party, I thank them for all they have done for the Party grouping at Stormont and more importantly for their constituents, whom they will continue to serve in their new positions at Westminster.

"I rest assured they are being replaced by two equally excellent choices. Adrian and Neil will bring energy, passion and commitment to their new roles and I know they will work hard in association with Danny and Tom for the people of South Antrim and Fermanagh South Tyrone respectively."

(CD/MH)

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