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Assembly Speaker joins House of Lords

Assembly Speaker William Hay who has been elevated to the House of Lords

Assembly Speaker William Hay who has been elevated to the House of Lords

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay, has been elevated to the House of Lords.

Mr Hay served as a councillor in Londonderry for almost 25 years before stepping down in 2010.

The Foyle DUP MLA and former Policing Board member was announced as a Lord on the Downing Street website on Friday morning.

DUP leader Peter Robinson congratulated his party colleague he called an “excellent public representative”.

Mr Robinson said: “I have known the Hay family since the formation of the DUP and William has been an excellent public representative for the people of Londonderry for over thirty years.

“William was the first ever DUP councillor to serve as the Mayor of Londonderry. His leadership in the city is recognised right across the community.”

The First Minister added: “More recently, as Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William has been able to command respect across the House, in what can often be a testing debating chamber.

“With his commitment to public service and experience in public life, I know that William will be a tremendous asset as a DUP Peer. He will be joining a strong Democratic Unionist Parliamentary team and his presence will ensure the unionist voice from the city of Londonderry is amplified within the Houses of Parliament.”

 

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