UUP changes announced

Former leader Tom Elliott replaces the Lagan Valley MLA, Basil McCrea, on the Justice Committee.

Mr Elliott also replaces South Antrim MLA, Danny Kinahan, on the Environment Committee.

Mr Kinahan will then replace the Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA on the OFMdFM Committee.

Sandra Overend, the Mid-Ulster MLA, becomes Deputy Whip of the Ulster Unionist Assembly Group.

John McCallister will then take over from Ms Overend on the Assembly and Executive Review Committee (AERC).

Ross Hussey and Roy Beggs will switch positions.

Mr Hussey, MLA for West Tyrone, replaces Mr Beggs on the Regional Development Committee.

The East Antrim MLA will then take over Mr Hussey’s position on the Finance Committee.

Jo-Anne Dobson, Upper Bann MLA, has been appointed APS to Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy.

Mr Nesbitt said: “I have taken the last two weeks since my election as leader to look at my Assembly team and assess how I could best utilise each member and ensure that everyone is able to play to their strengths.

“Looking at the Ulster Unionist Assembly team, I see a group that is building for the future.”

He added: “We have a good mix of experience and new talent all taking up important roles at the heart of our government. I am confident that this team will work together to ensure that the Assembly is delivering for Northern Ireland.”

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