Kennedy's ministry to be rotated

Published Tuesday, 03 April 2012
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Danny Kennedy will remain as the Ulster Unionist Party's only minister in the Executive, but it is not yet know how long he will stay in the role.

Kennedy's ministry to be rotated
It is not known how long Danny Kennedy will stay in the ministerial position. (© Pacemaker)

Mike Nesbitt announced a reshuffle of the Assembly team on Tuesday, three days after he was voted in as party leader.

The Regional Development ministry is to be rotated throughout the party members, a move which UTV's Political Editor Ken Reid described as "interesting".

"Mr Nesbitt said he will have discussions and decide the course of action," said Ken Reid.

Following Saturday's AGM, Mr Nesbitt said there would be a "minor reshuffle" and confirmed he would step down from his role as Vice Chair of the Education Committee.

On Tuesday he said he would be replaced by Danny Kinahan, who supported Mr Nesbitt's bid for the leadership.

Leadership contender John McCallister missed out on the top spot, but he will remain as Deputy Leader of the party and has been replaced by Robin Swann as the UUP chief whip.

A statement from the UUP also said Mr McCallister will "head up the Party's commission which deal with constitutional issues, how best to advance the benefits of remaining in the United Kingdom, promoting the Union, and looking at the next phase for the devolved administration".

Mr Nesbitt has replaced former party leader Tom Elliott as Chair of the OFMDFM Committee.

However, Mr Elliott, the MLA for Fermanagh South Tyrone, will remain a member of the committee.

Meanwhile Basil McCrea remains as Chair of the Department for Employment and Learning Committee, but earlier this year it was revealed that DEL will be abolished and the responsibilities split between the Departments of Enterprise and Education and Learning.

"At this stage, Mr Nesbitt is taking a minimalist approach," added Ken Reid.

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