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DUP Leader Edwin Poots MLA has announced that Cllr Stephen Dunne will be co-opted as a North Down DUP MLA replacing his father Gordon who will be stepping down from his role in the Northern Ireland Assembly due to ill health.

Mr Poots said,

“These are difficult circumstances, and our prayers are very much with Gordon and the wider Dunne family at this time of illness. Gordon has been a first-class representative and MLA.

Stephen knows the issues and brings a youthful energy and passion to the role. He will be a tireless advocate, having served both as a Councillor and as a constituency worker in North Down. Importantly, Stephen has a proven track record of delivery for constituents and will be a superb addition to the DUP Assembly team in Stormont.”

Stephen Dunne added;

“I am honoured to have been co-opted by the Democratic Unionist Party as an MLA for North Down, replacing my father Gordon, who has unfortunately had to step down due to serious illness, after his thirty-six years of service as an elected representative.

I have big shoes to fill in the Northern Ireland Assembly, but I will do my best to build on his work over many years, and deliver for the people of North Down, in this Centenary year.

I have served as a local Councillor since 2013 on Ards and North Down Borough Council and worked alongside Gordon for over ten years in his busy Constituency Advice Centre. I fully recognise and appreciate the importance of having an accessible advice service to help and deliver for those in need on a wide range of issues right across the community. I look forward to the challenges ahead as a member of the Assembly.”