Brian Higginson is to be UKIP’s candidate in next May’s Assembly elections.
Brian is 46 and married with three children.
Born and educated in Lisburn, he worked for many years in manufacturing where he was a shop steward and convenor for the GMB union and then the TGWU union.
Brian has also been a sales representative for a large multinational soft drinks manufacturer.
Brian has worked locally in the taxi business for the past eight years.
He has been involved in politics and community work for over 25 years and is active in the marching bands scene, has served in the Ulster Defence Regiment and is a member of its local Regimental Association.
Commenting on his candidature Mr Higginson said: “I want to bring a fresh approach to politics in Lagan Valley which is totally different to the career politicians we have at present.
“I intend to give the people of Lagan Valley a new kind of politics and a new kind of political representation which I believe they lack with the current crop of MLAs.
“UKIP is party which puts people first and I will put constituents at the heart of my work.
“I am a hard worker and will keep the promises I make to the electorate.
“My ethos is one of hard work, of standing by my principles and of being pro-active in my approach to serving the people of Lagan Valley.