Belfast Telegraph

Former MLA new electoral commissioner

By Mark Bain

A former DUP MLA has been appointed to the post of electoral commissioner at Westminster.

Alastair Ross was nominated for the position by DUP leader Arlene Foster and becomes the first commissioner proposed by a Northern Ireland party to be appointed.

Mr Ross (37) was a junior minister in the Executive Office before leaving the Assembly in 2017 after opting not to stand for re-election in East Antrim.

He was one of six candidates put forward by the smaller parties at Westminster for the post and was the unanimous choice of the selection panel set up through the Speaker's committee.

The commission is currently investigating money paid by Mid and East Antrim Council to sponsor a table at a dinner hosted by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

The body said commissioners "are not involved in the commission's investigatory procedures or decisions".

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