Neil Somerville to stand down from the Assembly

The UUP MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Neil Somerville,  is to step down from the Assembly with a replacement chosen next month.

Mr Somerville replaced Tom Elliott just under a year ago.

Speaking about his departure, Tom Elliott said;

I am sorry that Neil is standing down. He has always been very helpful to me and others and it is unfortunate that he is unable to continue as an MLA. He always has the best interests of Fermanagh and South Tyrone at heart and I hope that we will see him play a full role in his local community in the future.

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