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Alliance selects Patrick Brown as Assembly candidate for South Down

Alliance Party councillor Patrick Brown. Picture by Mal McCann

ALLIANCE has selected Patrick Brown as a candidate for South Down in next year's Assembly election.

In a post on Twitter last night Mr Brown, who sits as a councillor in Newry, Mourne and Down, said he was "delighted to have been selected".

In 2018, he was given a six-month suspension from his council role due to a drink-driving conviction.

It came after he pleaded guilty after he was caught riding his motorbike under the influence of alcohol in March 2017.

He referred himself to the local government standards watchdog for investigation, but launched an unsuccessful appeal against the sanction imposed.

Mr Brown's conviction only emerged after he issued an apology after being contacted by The Irish News.

He said he wanted to apologise profusely "to all those I have let down", while Alliance said it treated drink-driving "incredibly seriously".

The DUP's Jim Wells called on Mr Brown to resign following the conviction, but the Alliance councillor said he no intention of quitting.

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