SF's Billy Leonard not to contest next Assembly election

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“After 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.”
- Statement by SF's Billy Leonard MLA
 


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As a Sinn Fein supporter a am very disappointed to hear this, Billy was an excellent MLA and an asset to the party at the Assembly. I respect his descision and wish him well, I hope and assume he will remain as aSinn Fein activist as his contribution so far has been significant.
 

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:roll:

There's a lot more protestants in SF, believe me.

really ? am genuinely interested to know if thats true, esp in NI and if so why they are SF members / supporters ?

as a protestant myself i've never heard of someone from our community express support of SF or republicanism in any form, not that politic's come up much tbh, there are far more important matters like rugby to be debated :)
 
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really ? am genuinely interested to know if thats true, esp in NI and if so why they are SF members / supporters ?

as a protestant myself i've never heard of someone from our community express support of SF or republicanism in any form, not that politic's come up much tbh, there are far more important matters like rugby to be debated :)
I agree. One should never pass up rugby for politics.
 


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