Green Party's Steven Agnew Steps Down As MLA

The former Green Party leader Steven Agnew is standing down from his role as an MLA for North Down.

While Mr Agnew pursues a new career outside of politics, a new MLA for the area will be announced in the coming weeks and his successor Clare Bailey will continue to lead the party.

Mr Agnew served in the Assembly for eight years and was party leader for seven before stepping down in 2018. He will take up a role in the renewables industry sector next month.
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At Stormont, Mr Agnew was instrumental in introducing the Children's Services Co-operation Act, a law requiring children's authorities to work more effectively together.

Announcing his departure, he said he leaves Parliament Buildings "with great memories and in the knowledge that I've made a positive difference".

"I know that my successor will be a committed public servant and do everything possible to take on the political and environmental challenges ahead," he added.

Green Party Leader Clare Bailey paid tribute to Mr Agnew: "Steven has served the people of North Down well over the past 8 years. When Steven was our sole MLA he delivered the Children's Services Co-operation Act – his record speaks for itself and we wish him every success in the future."


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