TUV leader shares stage with local candidates

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Jim Allister, TUV party leader, with candidates Alex Elliott, left, and Donald Crawford, right

The Traditional Unionist Voice group has announced candidates for the forthcoming elections for the new Fermangh/Omagh council.

The Fermanagh branch of Traditional Unionist Voice held an information evening in Lisbellaw District Orange Hall which was attended by around 100 people and organised by local man and TUV Candidate for Enniskillen Ward, Donald Crawford.


In his opening address, Mr Crawford reinforced his support for Collegiate Grammar School to remain independent from the proposed merger with Portora highlighting the fact that, “Places will be lost within the grammar school system if this merger goes ahead. Fermanagh cannot afford such losses. This merger will benefit Portora but most certainly not the Collegiate”.

The other candidate introduced on the night was Alex Elliott from Ballinamallard who will run in the Erne North ward.

In his address, Mr Elliott praised the existing services at South West Acute Hospital but pointed out that many valuable service and expertise are still missing in the Hospital, causing patients to travel out of the county for treatment.

He also said, “the closure of Belmore House has left many patients unsure as to how and where help is available as regards mental health issues. There was no advice given prior to, nor after the closure”.

TUV Party Leader Jim Allister received a standing ovation after his keynote speech in which, he urged unionists to “vote with their conscience rather than by habit”.

His address was followed by a question and answer session were Mr Allister discussed a variety of topics including CAP in Agriculture, the Maze project, Europe and the performance of MLAs in Stormont.

Commenting on the event, Donald Crawford expressed his thanks for those who attended stating, “It’s good to see so many new faces here tonight”.


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