Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

DebateNI home of Northern Ireland politics

Mike Nesbitt: UUP, Strangford

Mike Nesbitt
Mike Nesbitt

Married to former UTV broadcaster Linda Bryans, Nesbitt has had three careers -- as a no-nonsense radio and TV interviewer, a Victims Commissioner and current leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.

Why did you want to become an MLA?

Having reported on politics for so long, it was inevitable that I would want to experience it myself. My time at the Commission for Victims and Survivors confirmed the Assembly was the place to be to influence the future.

Outside your family and work, what are your passions in life?

I am a sports fan. At my age, I can no longer pretend I'm George Best, but with its handicap system, I could still take on Rory McIlroy at golf -- and lose magnificently! I love travel and literature.

What issues would you champion most in the Assembly?

Economy and education. My long-term vision is an economy so powerful and profitable that we no longer need the Block Grant. Education is the key starting point.

Is anything in need of urgent change in the Assembly?

Lots. We are obsessed with process at the expense of outcomes. The Assembly must focus on results.

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