Your Spokesperson in South Down is: Patrick Brown
Patrick was first elected as Alliance Councillor on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in 2014, being re-elected in May 2019 while topping the poll and almost tripling the party’s vote in the Rowallane ward.
A native of Crossgar and resident of Newcastle, he narrowly missed out on a seat in the Assembly in 2017, while also achieving Alliance’s best-ever result in South Down in the Westminster election of 2019.
Patrick previously worked as director of a water and sanitation charity in East Africa, and currently runs his own volunteer abroad company while studying for a PhD in universal basic income and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland.
Patrick's priorities for South Down
1. Protecting the environment
Patrick has led the charge on environmental issues in Local Government, leading campaigns in Council to declare a climate emergency, support a local Green New Deal, divest Councillor’s pensions from fossil fuel companies, establishing a climate and sustainability forum and installing renewable energy in community centres.
2. Championing economic security
Patrick is an advocate of universal basic income, campaigning tirelessly for its introduction, which could help tackle poverty, provide a fairer welfare system and transform our society.
3. Fighting for local services
Patrick believes that good, local services are vital for health and wellbeing and the South Down economy. He will fight any cuts to local hospitals and campaign to bring more investment into the area to help build community wealth.
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