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Cusher Alderman Gareth Wilson DUP’s choice to contest Newry and Armagh MP seat

The long-standing ABC Council representative will contest the seat currently held by Sinn Fein's Mickey Brady


The DUP’s Gareth Wilson has been selected by the party to stand in the July 4th Westminster election.

The ABC Council Cusher representative was announced as a candidate by Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly at a packed DUP Newry & Armagh Association social evening in Marlacoo Orange Hall on Friday night.

Speaking after the announcement Alderman Gareth Wilson said, “I am delighted to be selected by the Party to contest this election and as we are all aware the outgoing Sinn Fein MP doesn’t take their seat in Westminster, meaning Newry & Armagh isn’t represented in this important influential parliament. I want to change that.”

He added: “Anyone who is aware of my solid work in the constituency knows that I like to get the job done and that means I consistently knuckle down and win results for people who need assistance and it is so rewarding seeing their lives changed positively. If elected as an MP I know that it would allow this level of work to be scaled up dramatically, meaning many more people could be assisted. That would be a huge benefit to everyone in Newry & Armagh.

“Having served as Lord Mayor of ABC Council I know that much of this constituency is brimming with positivity and with people who want to see this Province move forward, grow socially and economically and I know that I can bring a high level of experience to this role to push Newry & Armagh forward.

“As a strong Unionist representative I will be pursuing this election with energy and enthusiasm and I am very much looking forward to getting out on the doors and speaking with the electorate.

“As a DUP team, we fight this election having a track record of speaking up for Northern Ireland in Parliament and will use the forthcoming campaign to make the case that now more than ever is the time to strengthen the Unionist position. Each and every day I am in the business of making Northern Ireland work and I will actively promote the case for the Union.

“As a party with a big team, we are able to work on all the issues that matter, in local councils, at the Assembly, and in Parliament. That’s why voting Wilson X makes sense.”

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