Alliance leader Naomi Long to make Stormont return

Alliance leader Naomi Long will return to the Stormont Assembly, party sources have indicated.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 6:07 pm
Naomi Long is to take back her Stormont seat
Naomi Long is to take back her Stormont seat

Ms Long served as an MLA for East Belfast until last May when she stepped aside after winning one of Northern Ireland’s three seats on the European Parliament.

Her term as an MEP is expected to come to an end on January 31 when the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union.

A party source indicated to the PA news agency that Ms Long will not take MLA salary or expenses until her term as an MEP ends.

In 2019, Ms Long was replaced as an MLA by former deputy lord mayor of Belfast Maire Hendron who was co-opted.

One of Northern Ireland’s other two MEPs, the DUP’s Diane Dodds, has been selected to replace former Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart at Stormont

Ms Lockhart stood down when she was elected as an MP last month.