Michael Copeland steps down from the Assembly

More change in the Assembly as the Irish News political correspondent, John Manley reports that the UUPs East Belfast MLA, Michael Copeland has resigned his post effective 31st August.

Speaking about the decision the Unionist leader, Mike Nesbitt says;

As an elected representative Michael was good for us and good for me because he valued compassion above all else and relentlessly championed policies which put the rights and needs of people first, particularly the vulnerable

I would imagine that local councillors, Chris McGimpsey, Sonia Copeland or Jim Rodgers will be in line to replace Copeland.

Full story in todays Irish News.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs