UUP councillor: I would like to thank Steve Aiken for his leadership of our party
Steve Aiken had the courage to step forward, taking on the immense challenge of leadership.
He steered our party, the Ulster Unionist Party, through the difficult re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Executive, the foresight to reject the Stormont House Agreement, the courage to take up a ministerial role by nominating Robin Swann, to then face the difficulties of a global pandemic and the restraints which that had on grassroots engagement and his ability to pro-actively grow and encourage membership across the party.
I would like to thank Steve for his leadership, determination and commitment to the party since his appointment in November 2019.
I wish him and his family all the best for the future.
Northern Ireland politics particularly leadership is not easy.
Steve will continue to be a strong advocate delivering for the people of South Antrim, his tenure as leader will not be forgotten.
I thank him for his service and dedication to our party.
Alan Lewis, Ulster Unionist Party councillor, South Down
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