UUP mental health spokesman asked question ten times in car crash interview

The Ulster Unionist Party’s mental health spokesman has struggled to articulate the party’s central health policy during a car crash ten-minute interview this morning.

Lagan Valley branch secretary Keith Gray.

Lagan Valley branch members trying to drum up support for Labour Party

The Lagan Valley branch of the Labour Party is seeking to recruit new members.

Luke Carson.

NI gymnast apologises for ‘mocking’ Islamic prayers

A retired gymnast from Northern Ireland has found himself embroiled in controversy after the emergence of a video appearing to show him mocking Islamic prayers with Team GB’s Olympic medallist Louis Smith.

David Ford is to step down as Alliance leader

David Ford to step down as Alliance leader

David Ford is to step down as Alliance leader, effective from noon on Thursday (October 6).
John Paul Whearty founded LAD.
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Despite denying it, LAD got money from Basil McCrea

Two years after the ‘Loyalists Against Democracy (LAD)’ parody website denied that it had ever taken a penny from a political party, the group’s founder has admitted that he received money from Basil McCrea.

David Gordon has been a sharp critic of Stormont over many years

Questions over appointment of Stormont spin doctor

Pressure is mounting on the Executive over its decision to bypass normal recruitment rules to appoint a journalist as its new press secretary.


Ian Paisley’s widow boycotts film about him and Martin McGuinness

Ian Paisley’s widow is to boycott the major film about how he came to strike a political deal to work with Martin McGuinness.

Jenny Palmer MLA

MLA apologises for Facebook comment which appeared to compare immigrants to dogs

An MLA has apologised for an online comment in which she appeared to liken refugees to dogs.

Like Manuel from Fawlty Towers, Martin McGuinness claimed to know nothing, said Sammy Wilson

Martin McGuinness ‘like Manuel from Fawlty Towers’

DUP veteran Sammy Wilson likened Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuiness to a dim-witted comedy character at the weekend, as the unionist stalwart sought to maintain pressure on the party over the Daithi McKay affair.

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Funding to keep library open

Communities Minister and Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan has made additional funding available to ensure that libraries, including Lisburn City Library, will not have to reduce their opening hours.

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Petition mum meets council

Tracy Mearns, the mother who launched a petition calling on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to introduce special pool sessions at Lisburn Leisureplex for children with autism, has met with representatives of the council to discuss issues that have arisen.

Picture by Bernie Brown

Local MLA condemns flag burning

Lagan Valley MLA and Alliance Justice spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has criticised those who placed a Union flag on a bonfire in West Belfast.

Jeffrey Donaldson MP

DUP ‘problem’ with the UVF

Lagan Valley DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has said that while the party has been able to work with the UDA to help it move away from paramilitarism, the UVF is “a real problem” and has gone backwards over the last decade.

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MLA calls on DUP not to use veto on equal marriage bill

Lagan Valley Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn (pictured) has called on the DUP not to use its veto next time equal marriage comes before the Assembly.

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of Corporate Services Committee, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

UGP organisers oppose plans for cemetery

Promoters of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club (DDMC) and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club (UGPSC) are urging race fans and local residents to oppose plans for a 96 acre cemetery just off the race circuit.

Paul Givan

Lisburn picket is new chapter in campaign

Opponents of planned cuts in library hours mean to open a new chapter in their campaign by picketing Paul Givan’s Lisburn constituency office.

Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield, MBE and Mayoress, Mrs Rosalind Bloomfield with family members (l-r) are Graham Cordner, Clare Cordner, Mrs Molly Craig, Jonathan Bloomfield and Katie Bloomfield.

New Mayor gets down to business

Newly elected Lisburn and Castlereagh Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield,has already embarked on a full programme of mayoral engagements, the first a wreath-laying in memory of six soldiers who lost their lives in Lisburn in June 1988.

Ulster Unionist Party's Jenny Palmer

Call for Assembly departments to move to Lisburn area

Lagan Valley MLA and Ulster Unionist infrastructure spokesperson Jenny Palmer has called on the Stormont Executive “to get its act in gear and bring the headquarters of some of the new departments to the constituency”.

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The EU - should we stay or should we go?

Despite the EU Referendum being just a few days away, many people still remain undecided - should we stay or should we go?

Elected Members and Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council with its new Council Crest presented by Mr William Hunt, Windsor Herald, Royal College of Arms.  Also present are Jack Adair, Macebearer;  the Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim Freddie Hall.

Coat of Arms for council

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has officially received its new Coat of Arms from the Royal College of Arms in London.

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