Brian Kingston named DUP candidate for Belfast Lord Mayor post
The DUP has named Brian Kingston as the party's preferred candidate for Belfast Lord Mayor.
It comes after the Belfast Telegraph revealed the party group on the council was struggling to chose a potential candidate.
Deputy Group Leader Councillor Adam Newton said: "We are pleased to confirm that Brian Kingston has been selected by our group as our candidate for the position of Lord Mayor. I know that this means a great deal to Brian and that he will apply himself assiduously to serving our city over the coming year.
"He proceeds with our support and our best wishes for the year ahead.”
Alderman Kingston, who is the current DUP Group Leader on Belfast City Council, added: "It is a great honour for me to be selected for the position of Lord Mayor of my home city. I am very proud to come from Belfast and, as a Councillor, I have taken huge pleasure in seeing the great strides forward that our city is making year on year.
"I will do my utmost during my term of office to promote the inclusive growth of our capital city’s economy, to advance our international connections, attract international events and to support all those who make Belfast a compassionate and caring city.
"I will dedicate myself to the role of representing all the people of our city in an important year which includes the solemn occasion of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
"Both I and my wife Eileen, in her role as Lady Mayoress, look forward immensely to the opportunities that this year will present.”
The selection for Belfast Lord Mayor will take place on Wednesday, June 1.