Naomi Long MEP

A lifelong resident of East Belfast, Naomi Long MEP grew up just off Mersey Street, was educated at Mersey Street Primary and Bloomfield Collegiate, before going on to study civil engineering at Queen's University. Following graduation, Naomi worked for almost 10 years in the engineering industry in Northern Ireland.

Naomi has been politically active since her early twenties and first joined Belfast City Council as an Alliance Party councillor in 2001. Naomi was subsequently elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly as MLA for East Belfast in 2003. She also had the honour of serving as Lord Mayor of Belfast from 2009 to 2010, before becoming the first Alliance MP elected to Westminster, as Member of Parliament for East Belfast.

In May 2016, Naomi returned to the Northern Ireland Assembly as MLA for East Belfast, before becoming Leader of Alliance that October. Since then, she has presided over two of the most successful elections in Alliance’s history, with the most recent local government election seeing the party substantially increase its standing across Northern Ireland, and the 2019 European poll seeing her elected as Alliance’s first MEP.

Latest MEP News

Free and fair elections must not be taken for granted, says Long

Nov 27, 2019

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MEP spoke at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today during a debate on election interference. She called on the EU to ensure that "whether it’s digital or physical, internal or external, we must work to eradicate every threat to free and fair elections."

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Compassion must be at the heart of our migration policy, says Long

Nov 14, 2019

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MEP spoke during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels today, using her platform to call for the immediate closure of a camp for migrants in Vučjak, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and for the authorities to “provide safe, clean and habitable accommodation for those who are currently languishing there.”

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Northern Ireland needs a deal if Brexit is to proceed, says Long

Oct 09, 2019

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MEP spoke during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels today ahead of next week’s European Council meeting saying, “Northern Ireland needs a deal if Brexit is to proceed.”

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