- Statement by SF's Billy Leonard MLAAfter a period of discussion with my family I have taken the decision that I will not seek a nomination to run in the May Assembly or Council elections.
The time commitment required to be an effective public representative is significant. At this stage in my life there are a number of other interests I wish to pursue including writing a book. It is simply not possible to pursue these interests and maintain my role as a public representative.
I have informed the party of my decision in order to allow time for the appropriate selection procedures in East Derry to be completed well in advance of the elections.
While I am stepping aside from elected office, I am not leaving politics. I intend to remain active in the party and offer support to those colleagues who take the decision to seek election.