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Leslie Cree: UUP, North Down

By Noel McAdam

Mr Cree was a councillor in North Down for 23 years before becoming an MLA for the UUP in 2003.

Why did you want to become an MLA?

I didn't. My background is in business and I came back to Northern Ireland in the 1970s and was asked to fill a casual vacancy on the council.

Apart from work and family, what are your main passions in life?

I am still very much into business, with some unpaid directorships, but I love aviation -- although I do not get enough time to fly -- and shooting, although only of the target variety I would hasten to add. I have never killed an animal. I am also very involved in my church.

What single issue would you hope to champion in the current Assembly term?

Business, because we are in the most difficult period economically probably since the 1920s.

What is in most urgent need of change in the current Stormont structures?

We are now 14 years on from the Good Friday Agreement. We need to move on from the position that 'nobody moves until everybody moves'.

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