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Minford replaces Swann as North Antrim Ulster Unionist candidate

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Minford replaces Swann as North Antrim Ulster Unionist candidate thumbnailNorth Antrim Ulster Unionist candidate, Jackson Minford, with party leader, Robin Swann, and local elected representatives and party supporters outside Mr Swann’s Harryville office yesterday. GB1880D p3

JACKSON Minford, son of the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly after devolved Government was restored in 1973, is to replace Ulster Unionist leader, Robin Swann, as the party's General Election candidate in North Antrim, the Guardian can reveal this week.
Mr Minford, who is 59 and lives in Ahoghill, comes from a family steeped in Ulster politics.
He joined the party about three years ago and was personally approached by Mr Swann to consider running.
His father Nat was MP for South Antrim from 1950 until the N.I. Parliament was abolished in 1972.
A year later he was elected Speaker of the shortlived Northern Ireland Assembly, set up after the Sunningdale conference, and subsequently brought down by the 1974 loyalist workers strike.
His grandfather, Hugh was also MP for South Antrim for many years.
Jackson Minford is extremely well known in the constituency, having served as a senior Roads Service official in the area until his recent retirement.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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