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Alliance: Time to end 'go slow' politics

By Allan Preston

Published 07/04/2016

Alliance leader David Ford with Naomi Long and Stephen Farry unveiled the party’s candidates at the Radisson in south Belfast
Alliance leader David Ford with Naomi Long and Stephen Farry unveiled the party’s candidates at the Radisson in south Belfast

Alliance leader David Ford called for an end to "go slow" politics at Stormont as he unveiled his party's candidates for the Assembly elections.

Speaking at the Radisson Hotel in south Belfast, the Justice Minister said the election hopefuls represented the rich diversity of Northern Ireland and could bring the change needed to speed up progress at Stormont.

"We are 18 years after the Good Friday Agreement and yet the pace of change has never been slower," he added.

In East Belfast Chris Lyttle is hoping to persuade voters to help him keep his Assembly seat, while former MP Naomi Long is aiming to return to Stormont after losing her Westminster place to the DUP's Gavin Robinson.

Alliance candidates in Belfast hoping to become MLAs for the first time include councillors Paula Bradshaw, Nuala McAllister and Tim Morrow.

Also standing is lecturer and activist Duncan Morrow, and Jemima Higgins, who previously volunteered for Alliance Youth.

"People are frustrated at being held back by the politics of fear and division, with parties squabbling and bickering instead of making the progress the vast majority want," said Mr Ford.

"Alliance's candidates are different. They will be the MLAs people want to see."

"(These prospective MLAs) reflect the diversity of the modern Northern Ireland, with the desire to effect change.

"They will live up to the track record already established by Alliance in the previous mandate - one of being transparent in our politics, committed to the rule of law, inclusive of all and ambitious of the kind of Northern Ireland we know we can help make a reality."

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