Long to lead change at Westminster as she announces General Election candidacy

It is vital there are positive, progressive and constructive people to lead change at Westminster, Alliance Leader Naomi Long has said, as she announced she will be standing as a candidate in the East Belfast constituency in the General Election.

Naomi Long General Election

Mrs Long said with big issues such as financial and political stability of the Assembly expected to dominate the local political agenda at Westminster in the next Parliament, it was important more Alliance MPs are elected to shape the debate.

“It is always an honour to be the East Belfast candidate in any election, and this time, Alliance has a real opportunity to return several MPs and send a message that as a society we are moving forward beyond traditional divides to seek the best outcomes for everyone,” she said.

“People are weary after 14 years of negative, regressive government under the Conservatives. They have a chance in this election not only to replace that Government but also to hold to account the local politicians who propped them up and voted with them on some of their most destructive policies.

"Both in East Belfast, and across Northern Ireland, we have an opportunity to choose a brighter, more positive politics, focused on growing a dynamic, sustainable economy, delivering fair funding for public services through the block grant, and ending political instability by reforming our institutions to remove vetoes. That's what my colleagues and I are offering voters – their votes plus our commitment adds up to a better future.

“Whilst others are already focused on constitutional fear-mongering and division, Alliance is focused on issues such as health, education, the economy, climate, and the cost of living, seeking practical and innovative ways to improve people's lives.

“If the people of East Belfast elect me as their MP on July 4, I am committed to leading that change at Westminster.”