‘Alliance continuing to grow in South Down’ – Naomi Long

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Friday, March 15th, 2013
The South Down Alliance Association held their Annual General Meeting recently in Newcastle which was attended by special guest speaker, Deputy Leader of Alliance and MP for East Belfast Naomi Long.

Branch Officers of the South Down Alliance Association with Deputy Leader and MP for East Belfast Naomi Long

The South Down Alliance Association Chairperson Dr. Michael Healey welcomed members to Newcastle and introduced the Deputy Leader and MP for East Belfast Naomi Long to the AGM. During her wide ranging speech on a number of key issues Naomi Long paid special tribute to the efforts of officers and branch party members of the South Down Alliance Association who were continuing to work in helping to lead change within South Down. Long also praised the growing membership which the South Down Alliance Association branch has attracted over the last year and congratulated Rowallane member, twenty-one year old Sheffield University politics student Patrick Brown who will be travelling to America later this month and will be speaking at the Model UN Conference 2013 which takes place over five days in New York. Long also talked about Alliance wanting to build a shared future and not a scared future and that Alliance was not interested in the politics of fear, and will never indulge in that kind of politics, nor will Alliance allow others who choose to do so to deflect Alliance from the challenge of transforming the wider community, from making the difficult decisions that are required to deliver that change, or from showing leadership for everyone in our community. After the AGM Councillor Patrick Clarke stated, “Members of South Down Alliance were delighted that the Deputy Party Leader and MP for East Belfast Naomi Long took time out of her hectic Westminster schedule and other party commitments to address the South Down Alliance Annual General Meeting.” “Naomi received a terrific welcome and took time to speak to everyone both before and after the AGM. Naomi will be travelling back to South Down later this year when she will be taking time to tour parts of South Down, where she is keen to see and discuss growing the local economy and promoting tourism and work in relation to building a shared future for everyone.”
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