Northern Ireland

Former Ards and North Down mayor to step down as councillor

Bangor Central Alliance councillor Karen Douglas has announced she is stepping down as an elected representative.
Bangor Central Alliance councillor Karen Douglas has announced she is stepping down as an elected representative.

A RECENT Alliance mayor of Ards and North Down has announced she is stepping down as a councillor.

Bangor Central councillor Karen Douglas said she will be leaving her role next month.

Alderman Douglas, who served as lord mayor in the year up to June, topped the Bangor Central poll in May's council elections.

The social worker had previously served as deputy mayor of the borough in 2019/20.

“As a resident of Bangor, it has been my immense honour to serve local people as councillor for the past seven years," she said.

Alliance North Down MP Stephen Farry said: “Her successful term as mayor will particularly stand out and my thanks go to her for the dignity, dedication and enthusiasm she brought to the role. I send her my best wishes in this new stage of her life and I am confident her replacement will continue her stellar record on the council.”

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