TUV announce six candidates ahead of Council Election

Jane Witherspoon

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Jane Witherspoon

TUV has named six candidates for the Ballymena area wards in next May's Local Government Election.

The TUV is the first of the local parties to announce their candidates, fielding three experienced runners in the form of current Mid and East Antrim Councillors, along with three new comers.

There will be two candidates in each of the District Electoral Areas of Bannside, Braid and Ballymena.

In the Bannside sitting councillors, Timothy Gaston and Stewart McDonald will run again.

In the Braid Councillor Brian Collins will be joined by Christopher Jamieson and in Ballymena two locals, Matthew Armstrong and Philip Gordon will complete the TUV line up.

Announcing the recent selections TUV leader and local MLA, Jim Allister, said: "I am delighted to announce this strong line up of candidates. I'm proud of the work our hardworking team on Mid & East Antrim Council has achieved.

“In Council, TUV has led the way in opposing squander; sadly, our fully costed proposal to drastically cut the hike in rates in 18/19 was voted down by the other parties (DUP, UUP, SDLP, SF).

“TUV will continue to be the scourge of the waste of ratepayers' money.

“For straight-talking TUV does it best. Whether it's the Stormont Shambles, Brexit or imbalance in staffing on the Council, TUV tells it as it is. Untainted by scandals like RHI or support for terrorists in government, TUV is a party of conviction and principle.

“That is the calibre of candidate we offer to the electorate.”

Commenting, the leader of the TUV group on the Council, Cllr Timothy Gaston said: “By our work we have demonstrated that TUV councillors make a difference.

“We operate on the basis of delivery, not promises. With more councillors we can deliver more and that is what we offer in May's election.”

PROFILES

The ‘newbies’ hoping to pick up seats for the party have been profiled in a TUV press release issued this week.

It states: “Christopher Jamieson has family and farming connections in the Clough area. He works in a local electrical business

He brings youth and commitment to local politics, caring deeply about prioritising employment and training opportunities for locals.

He is keen to enhance recreational facilities offered by the Council. With pride in his Ulster culture he wants to encourage more young people to engage with Unionist politics.”

The release further profiles Philip Gordon, stating: “Philip is born and bred in Ballymena and married to Tiffany.

“Involved in Orange cultural scene, he is proud of his British heritage. Philip is one of the new generation of able young people involved in politics who is determined to make things better and stand for what is right.”

The final profile is of well known Orangeman, Matthew Armstrong.

“Reared in the Tullygarley area, Matthew is involved in much of the life of Ballymena, both sporting and cultural.

“A life long Ballymena United supporter, he is the Club's representative to Co Antrim Football Association. Married to Nicola with three children, he is a manager in the private transport sector.

“A familiar face within local Orangeism he values his Ulster culture greatly.”

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