Ford excited by prospects
The North Down Alliance Association held its AGM on January with party leader David Ford MLA in attendance.
Mr Ford spoke with great enthusiasm about the year ahead and particularly about prospects for the May election with Alliance on course to re-elect Dr Stephen Farry alongside Cllr Anne Wilson to the NI Assembly.
The group were also upbeat about the possibility of Alliance increasing its representation on North Down Borough Council where they currently have seven candidates, namely Cllr Tony Hill, Cllr Anne Wilson in Bangor West, Michael Bower in Bangor Abbey, Adam Harbinson and Christine Bower in Ballyholme and Groomsport plus Cllr Andrew Muir and Bill Lockhart in Holywood.
In looking back over 2010, Party Leader David Ford said the really big story was Naomi Long’s impressive victory in East Belfast which he attributed to a combination of positive politics and sheer hard work.
Mr Ford also discussed his work as Minister of Justice, in particular his decision to tackle the problems associated with legal aid.
Veteran party member Jean Green was re-elected as president of the Association with former Holywood Alderman Susan O’Brien vice president.
Councillor Muir then handed over the baton as chairperson to Mr Harbinson.
Secretary Michael Watts was re-elected for another year, Chris Mackey was also re-elected as treasurer, while Cllr Michael Bower was elected vice chairperson.
Bill Lockhart took over the role of media officer and Christine Bower was re-elected as youth representative.