Clogher man in running to replace new MP Elliott

Lord Maurice Morrow, Mayor of Dungannona dn South Tyrone Borough Council with Lynda Bryans, UTV Newsline presenter and Neil and Sandra Somerville cut  a ribbon to officially launch the new Park Homes at Clogher Valley Country Park.
Lord Maurice Morrow, Mayor of Dungannona dn South Tyrone Borough Council with Lynda Bryans, UTV Newsline presenter and Neil and Sandra Somerville cut a ribbon to officially launch the new Park Homes at Clogher Valley Country Park.

At least two Ulster Unionist members are in the running for the MLA position created by the election of Tom Elliott to Westminster.

The new MP for Fermanagh-South Tyrone had pledged to give up his Stormont rolesas soon as possible after last month’s election, and the selection process is expected to be complete by the end of this month.

The deadline for applications from those interested in replacing the MLA is Wednesday.

Fermanagh-South Tyrone’s selection meeting will be on June 22.

The meeting will choose two individuals, who are expected to be ranked in order of preference, and will then go to the party officers for a final decision as to who should replace the MLA.

The party declined to release a list of those who have put forward their names for selection, but individuals confirmed that they are in the running.

Neil Somerville, a former councillor in Clogher Valley, said that “an awful lot of people approached me to see if I would put my name forward”.

The businessman and father-of-four, who was heavily involved in Mr Elliott’s successful re-election campaign, told the News Letter that he had been involved in setting up a successful caravan park business in Clogher Valley.

The drummer in a pipe band, who was a part-time Royal Irish Regiment soldier, said that he had “really enjoyed” his time as a councillor.

Fermanagh councillor Robert Irvine said that he was also standing for the MLA position.

He said that as a councillor for 14 years, he had the experience necessary to represent the area in the Stormont Assembly.