Racists didn't drive me out, says Alliance's Anna Lo
The Alliance Party's Anna Lo yesterday denied that racism had forced her out of politics.
But confirming she would not seek re-election, the South Belfast MLA admitted the optimism that was part of Stormont when she was elected in 2007 had gone.
Ms Lo, who considered leaving Northern Ireland after controversial comments from Pastor James McConnell that he would not trust some Muslims, said: "When I was elected, there was optimism in politics. That has faded with crisis after crisis, which is why the current talks need to tackle the reasons for that."