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Alliance select Europe candidate

Ian Parsley
Ian Parsley (right) pictured with Alliance leader David Ford

The Alliance Party has selected North Down deputy mayor Ian Parsley as its candidate for the European election.

Mr Parsley was elected to North Down Borough Council in 2005, and is currently Alliance economy spokesman.

Speaking after his selection he said his campaign would be about "making Europe work" for the people of NI.

"The many thousands of people across Northern Ireland who are disenchanted with local politics will find voice with this campaign," he said.

"At this time of educational uncertainty, economic decline and environmental chaos, it is time for everyone who is ambitious for Northern Ireland to unite and speak with one voice, and to make that voice heard in the most powerful parliament in the world."

The election takes place on 4 June.

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