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Alliance select NI's first openly gay mayor Andrew Muir to replace Stephen Farry as MLA

An Alliance councillor who became Northern Ireland's first openly gay mayor in 2013 has been selected to become the party's newest assembly member. Andrew Muir will replace Stephen Farry as an Alliance North Down MLA after Mr Farry was elected a MP
Marie Louise McConville

AN Alliance councillor who became Northern Ireland's first openly gay mayor in 2013 is to fill the assembly seat vacated by new North Down MP Stephen Farry.

The 43-year-old, who has served as a councillor for the Holywood area since 2010, will resign the position before taking up his role as MLA early next week.

A high profile gay rights activist, Mr Muir was last year behind a motion to see Newtownards Town Hall lit up in Pride colours.

He was also the intended recipient of the cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan at the centre of the high-profile legal case involving Ashers Bakery.

Mr Muir said: "I am coming into the role at a time when the assembly is suspended and therefore one of my priorities as an MLA will be to play my role in helping restore Stormont, so it can deliver for all the people of North Down and further afield."

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