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UUP's Tom Elliott pays tribute after death of colleague Jean McVitty

By Cate McCurry

Published 17/08/2016

Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott
Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott

Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott has led the tributes to former party colleague Jean McVitty, who died yesterday.

The former Fermanagh councillor was hailed as a “committed community activist” who supported her local community of Lisnaskea.

The MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone said: “Jean was an elected representative before I was and she was dedicated to her work and community.

“Jean served in many roles within her native Fermanagh, including as a councillor on Fermanagh District Council, as chair of Lisnaskea Chamber of Commerce and a member of Fermanagh & Omagh Policing & Community Safety Partnership. 

“My sympathies go to her sons John, Ian, Mark and Ross.”

UUP chairman Lord Empey said: “Jean and many like her served the community at a time when those in local government were easy pickings for IRA terrorism, particularly in her area.

“She represented the community fearlessly and without favour. She will be a loss to unionism in Co Fermanagh.”

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