Northern Ireland

Alliance MLA Patrick Brown resigns over ‘personal reasons’

South Down MLA was elected to the Assembly in 2022

Alliance MLA Patrick Brown has resigned
Alliance MLA Patrick Brown has resigned (Liam McBurney/PA)

Alliance Party MLA Patrick Brown has resigned with immediate effect “due to personal reasons”.

Mr Brown, who became the first Alliance MLA for the South Down constituency in 2022, said is has been “an honour” to represent the area at the Assembly.

An Alliance spokesperson said on Tuesday evening: “It is with regret we announce Patrick’s immediate resignation due to personal reasons.

“We thank him for his service, which saw him help Alliance make an historic breakthrough in South Down at the Assembly, and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Patrick Brown with Alliance party leader Naomi Long at an election count in Belfast in 2022
Patrick Brown with Alliance party leader Naomi Long at an election count in Belfast in 2022. PICTURE: LIAM MCBURNEY (Liam McBurney/PA)

Mr Brown is from the Crossgar area and in 2014 was elected to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

He also stood in the 2019 General Election for South Down, winning 13.9% of the vote.

In a statement following confirmation he was stepping down as an MLA, he said: “I want to thank the people of South Down, whose support helped me and the local Alliance team substantially grow the party in the constituency.

“It has been an honour to represent local people and help them on important issues. I am proud of my track record as a constituency MLA and remain committed to Alliance values, and look forward to seeing the party continue to grow across Northern Ireland.

“This May, I will have been an elected representative for 10 years and feel the time is right to step aside for personal reasons.

I am proud of the work I have done since being elected, including supporting those impacted by flooding, campaigning on environmental and animal welfare issues, and my work on the Windsor Framework and Infrastructure Committees.

He added: “Alliance continues to have my support, as will whoever is co-opted by the party to fill the position of South Down MLA.”