South Belfast MLA, Clare Bailey is to step down as Deputy Leader of the Green Party.
Clare has been deputy leader since November 2014 and will remain an MLA within the party.
Speaking about her decision she said;
“I have been given and gained so much as Green Party deputy leader across the past three years.
“The time is right for me to step aside and allow another person to develop the role of deputy leader.
“It’s also right that another person gets the opportunity to develop themselves through the role.
“I am a busy South Belfast MLA and will put all of my efforts and energy into doing my very best for the people of the area.
“I remain totally committed to the party and I look forward to the announcement of a new deputy leader at the end of September.”
A new deputy leader will elected at the party conference later this month in Belfast.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs