Tributes as Robin Newton says goodbye after 29 years at Belfast City Council
The longest serving member of Belfast City Council stood down last night after 29 years of service.
Tributes were paid to former Junior Minister Robin Newton from across the chamber as he attended his final meeting.
The DUP's Gavin Robinson described his colleague as strategic about the city and resourceful.
SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said he was sorry to see someone of Mr Newton's experience leave, while Alliance councillor Tom Ekin lauded him as a progressive thinker. Sinn Fein group leader Jim McVeigh joked he was glad to see Mr Newton leave, as his departure left the DUP team weaker.
Mr Newton thanked council and wished it well for the future. He will continue as an MLA.
Tributes were also paid to outgoing PUP councillor Hugh Smyth who stepped aside due to ill health. Party leader Billy Hutchinson replaces him.