Ok, folks well the wait is over and it was really what we expected but NI21 have officially announced the party Chair as their European candidate.
Speaking about being nominated Tina McKenzie said in a party press statement that;
I want to maximise the potential of Europe and will focus on getting the best for Northern Ireland not the best for any one community.
I want to represent and promote our people, their talents, skills, commitment and drive to improve Northern Ireland and Europe. NI21 represents everyone equally with the same levels of commitment and enthusiasm. I will hold the Northern Ireland Executive to account on its European performance, as a member of Northern Ireland’s unofficial opposition.
She will clearly make her business experience part of her campaign as McKenzie says;
We want to stand on a clear agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. My background in business means I can get the most for our economy. We need to ensure that the Northern Ireland Executive maximises the opportunities and impact of European funding and investment.
NI21 have announced a position on European membership;
I will argue for Northern Ireland and the UK to stay within a reforming EU, promoting the benefits of the Single Market
Well, there you have it. This brings the total number of women in the race to 4 out of 10 candidates-which I think by Northern Ireland European Election standards is a record.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs