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New Stormont standards commissioner nominated

Solicitor Paul Kennedy has been nominated for appointment as the new Assembly Commissioner for Standards.

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Solicitor Paul Kennedy has been nominated for appointment as the new Assembly Commissioner for Standards. (Paul Faith/PA)

Solicitor Paul Kennedy has been nominated for appointment as the new Assembly Commissioner for Standards. (Paul Faith/PA)

Solicitor Paul Kennedy has been nominated for appointment as the new Assembly Commissioner for Standards. (Paul Faith/PA)

A Co Down solicitor has been nominated to become the new standards commissioner at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The role has been vacent since Douglas Bain stood down in September 2017.

Stormont speaker Alex Maskey announced on Tuesday that the Assembly Commission has agreed to nominate Mr Kennedy for appointment.

He described the role as “central to ensuring that MLAs uphold high standards of conduct in public life”.

“Mr Kennedy has been a qualified solicitor for more than 37 years and has extensive investigative experience in a wide variety of roles and across a number of sectors,” he said.

“The Commission is confident that his experience leaves him well equipped to perform this crucial role.”

The Business Committee is set to discuss the nomination on July 21 when MLAs will be given the opportunity to agree Mr Kennedy’s formal appointment.

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