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Press Releases by Roy Beggs

Preferential voting

Commenting on preferential voting Roy Beggs, a local Ulster Unionist candidate  said, “I would ask voters to support myself and my Ulster Unionist colleague, John Stewart; then other pro-union candidates who have not been personally tainted by the RHI, NAMA and Red Sky Affairs; and then to continue to show a preference for other candidates who can help secure a stable peaceful NI with a growing economy for the benefit of all. Sinn Fein have forced this election in an irresponsible manner without ensuring that the budget is in place for public services beyond March.  In East Antrim, with only 5 MLA’s to be elected and the increased quota requirement, the Sinn Fein seat is vulnerable if unionist turnout and vote.  I would urge unionists, nationalist and other voters by their preferential voting to ensure that both the DUP and Sinn Fein pay for their poor record in government.

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Beggs welcomes drugs removal from Carrickfergus

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party candidate Roy Beggs has welcomed news over the weekend that drugs worth an estimated £10,000 were seized and taken off our streets by the PSNI. Mr Beggs said “Well done first and foremost to the PSNI for the work they continue to do in the fight to eradicate drugs from our communities. Drug addiction ruins lives.  I am advised that herbal cannabis was found in addition to some class A drugs.  With class A drugs in particular, being dealt by local drug dealers we all must be concerned with the associated problem of drug progression, addiction and the crime often associated with having to fed that  addiction.  Organised crime gangs are feeding off the community.  I know that that information from the community is vital in the battle against drug mis-use If you have any information in relation to the sale of illegal drugs in our community, please give … Continue reading

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Beggs and Stewart to run for Ulster Unionist Party in East Antrim

The Ulster Unionist Party has selected long serving Assembly representative, Roy Beggs, and Cllr John Stewart as its Assembly candidates for East Antrim on 2 March. Roy Beggs said: “This election is an unexpected opportunity for the electorate to give their verdict on 10 years where the DUP and Sinn Fein have been in the top positions at Stormont, and 9 months where they have been in government on their own.   It is undeniable that the Renewable Heat Incentive has been completely mismanaged and that the authors of this mismanagement are the DUP who held the economy portfolio over the past 10 years.  The DUP/Sinn Fein Executive has not acted in the interest of the entire community but each for their own narrow, short term political self-interest.   Vote for Ulster Unionists for better, more accountable government.”  Cllr John Stewart said: “I am hugely honoured to have been selected by the … Continue reading

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Beggs praises policing collaboration leading to guilty plea

Beggs praises the collaboration between the PSNI, the Met, the South West Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit and the intelligence agencies who gathered evidence leading to the guilty plea for dissident republican terrorism activity, by the rogue Royal Marine, Ciarán Maxwell from Larne. Roy Beggs MLA said: “I am glad that the successful policing operation against dissident republican activity, that involved significant arms finds, has concluded with a guilty plea from Ciaran Maxwell.  I hope that he will be handed a sentence that is appropriate for his reckless actions which endangered the public in NI and in GB.   “There must be a strong message send out that anyone engaging in activity that poses a threat to life and to peace in Northern Ireland will not be tolerated.  I pay tribute to the PSNI and to the other National policing and  intelligent agencies that may have been involved in closing down … Continue reading

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Shameful failure to present patient plan a further abdication of responsibilities – Beggs

  Health Minister had promised waiting list plan and funding boost by January 2017 No plan and no funding allocation has materialised Shameful as longer a patient has to wait the more chance of them coming to harm Ulster Unionist East Antrim candidate Roy Beggs has accused Health Minister Michelle O’Neill of blatant disregard and cruelly raising expectations of patients, after she failed to meet her own key commitment to produce a plan to tackle the crisis in hospital waiting lists by January. Roy Beggs, a former member of the Stormont Health Committee, said: “The very first action point in the Department of Health’s response to the Bengoa report was that by January 2017 it would develop a comprehensive approach for addressing the unprecedented waiting lists crisis. “The collapse of the Assembly as a fallout of the RHI debacle put the plan under some doubt, yet when asked only three … Continue reading

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