Ulster Unionist leader, Doug Beattie MC, has stated that Northern Ireland needs fresh leadership as it enters a new era.
Mr Beattie said:
“Northern Ireland is entering a new era. We have the opportunity to truly build a Union of People if we have the courage and vision to strive for better. Together we can unite people regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation, class or traditional community background to build a better Northern Ireland.
“As Ulster Unionists we are offering a confident, positive, pro-union alternative that will work for everyone.
“Stormont must be invested in your future – connected, accessible and able to function at pace even during a crisis.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped our society for over two years and it is vital that we have politicians who are willing to work together. The Protocol needs to be replaced with a solution that works for everyone so that we can focus on rebuilding the NHS, boost economic recovery and tackle the rising cost of living.
“Northern Ireland’s new era requires fresh leadership. As Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party I am leading a team of 27 exceptional candidates to deliver just that. They come from all walks of life and all community backgrounds. They are united in wanting to contribute to an optimistic vision for unionism that makes Northern Ireland work for everyone.
“In the last number of years the Ulster Unionist Party has demonstrated what competent, principled and cohesive leadership can achieve in our stewardship of the Health Department under Robin Swann.
“With your votes we can do more. We can bring that leadership to more departments and vitally, we could lead Northern Ireland.
“On the 5th May I am asking people across Northern Ireland to vote Ulster Unionist.”
Notes to Editors:
Ulster Unionist Party Assembly Election Candidates:
Belfast East – Andy Allen and Lauren Kerr
Belfast North – Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston
Belfast South – Stephen McCarthy
Belfast West – Linsey Gibson
East Antrim – Roy Beggs and John Stewart
East Londonderry – Darryl Wilson
Fermanagh & South Tyrone – Rosemary Barton and Tom Elliott
Foyle – Ryan McCready
Lagan Valley – Robbie Butler and Laura Turner
Mid Ulster – Meta Graham
Newry & Armagh – David Taylor
North Antrim – Robin Swann and Bethany Ferris
North Down – Alan Chambers and Naomi McBurney
South Antrim – Steve Aiken and Paul Michael
South Down – Jill Macauley
Strangford – Mike Nesbitt and Philip Smith
Upper Bann – Doug Beattie and Glenn Barr
West Tyrone – Ian Marshall
Link to Ulster Unionist Assembly Candidates` photographs: