Belfast Telegraph

Newton elected as deputy speaker

Robin Newton has been elected as the Northern Ireland Assembly's principal deputy speaker.

The Democratic Unionist, 69, will work with Sinn Fein Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin chairing debates at Stormont and representing the House on official duties.

Mr McLaughlin, a former Sinn Fein general secretary from the Bogside in Derry, became the first republican to hold the office after securing cross-community support during a vote at Stormont earlier this month.

The other deputy speakers will be John Dallat of the SDLP and Roy Beggs of the UUP, an assembly spokeswoman confirmed.

Mr Newton was first elected to the assembly in 2003, representing East Belfast. He has been re-elected twice.

He served as a junior minister in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) from 2009 to 2011.

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