Anderson replaces Simpson as DUP MLA

The DUP has chosen Portadown councillor Sydney Anderson to replace David Simpson at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Alderman Anderson was one of three candidates, the others being Cllr Robert Smith and Cllr Philip Weir.

Mr Andersonhas previously served as both Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Craigavon.He has also served as the Chairman of Craigavon Borough Council's Policy & Resources Committee and Environmental Services and is presently Chairman of the Council's Development Committee.

Speaking of the "great honour and responsibility" that lay ahead Sydney Anderson said, "I want first of all to pay tribute to both Robert and Philip who were both very able candidates. It would have been a pleasure to have had either of them at the Assembly and to have worked on their behalf.

"This is a very big challenge, but it is one that I am looking forward to. I am honoured that the DUP has entrusted me with this. Following David Simpson will be a very difficult task. David has established a legacy of hard work and unsurpassed representation on behalf of all of the people of Upper Bann. I intend to continue with that."

Mr Simpson said, "The DUP are in the very fortunate position of having quite a number of people who were very capable of stepping into this position. Both Robert Smith and Philip Weir were excellent candidates and would both have made excellent MLAs.

"I want to wish Sydney every success and have no doubt that he will very quickly establish himself and will prove to be a highly effective MLA. He is known for his work ethic on behalf of the people. Upper Bann will be very well represented at the Assembly with a very closely working team of Stephen Moutray and Sydney Anderson. The people of Upper Bann are in good hands."

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