Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

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Paula Bradley: DUP, North Belfast

Paula Bradley
Paula Bradley

First elected a councillor in Newtownabbey in 2005, where she became mayor in 2011, the mother-of-two is on two key Assembly committees -- health and social development.

Why did you want to become an MLA?

I was asked to put my name forward after being a councillor and I feel I am there to make a difference, even if it isn't perhaps apparent at the minute!

Apart from family and work, what are your main passions in life?

I love travel and sometimes have combined that with charity work, which included going to the Andes. I love to cook.

What single issue would you hope to champion in the current Assembly term?

When I started I had various issues, including cervical cancer on which we have made great strides, as well as children and young people. But now I would say the advancement of women.

What, if anything, is in most urgent need of change in the current Stormont set-up?

The public perception of us certainly needs to change. Many MLAs work 10-12-hour days, and Saturday surgeries, and there is good work being done.

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