It’s been the subject of a very quiet whisper for the last few days, but the BBC 11 O’Clock news this morning confirms that Patricia Lewsley is to be the new Childrens Commissioner. We are reliably informed that all ministerial and other procedures have been followed. So hopefully no judicial reviews this time round. We understand that OFMDFM are busy putting together a press release as we speak. The SDLP press office was unavailable for comment. But the loss of Lewsley as sitting MLA in Lagan Valley certainly leaves a door hanging wide open for them.
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