McKenzie to run for NI21 in Europe

Published Monday, 07 April 2014
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NI21 has confirmed that its chairwoman Tina McKenzie is to be its candidate in the forthcoming European elections.

McKenzie to run for NI21 in Europe
Tina McKenzie will stand for election this May. (© Presseye)

Ms McKenzie, a senior executive in the employment services industry and mother of three, is a founding member of the party established after Basil McCrea and John McCallister split from the Ulster Unionist Party.

Announcing her decision to stand in the 22 May contest, Ms McKenzie said she wanted to promote a "united 21st century Northern Ireland".

She added: "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."

The chairwoman said her party is clear about the benefits of remaining in Europe.

She added: "We must play our part in reforming Europe, driving forward growth and ensuring that we tap into the diverse range of funding and export opportunities which are available.

"We have an economy which has historically underperformed and with unacceptable levels of youth unemployment in particular.

"We want to stand on a clear agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs."

Last year, in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Ms McKenzie revealed she was the daughter of a former IRA man, however, she said her politics were very different to those of her father.

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Comments Comments
Dee in Newtownabbey wrote (290 days ago):
Observer in Online said 'let the real unionist parties deal with politics'. Yeah and what a roaring success they've made of it!
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (291 days ago):
NI21 are clearly campaigning for people's votes who are, like Tina McKenzie, Catholic and Unionist. This group may hold the balance of power over constitutional issues in Northern Ireland, the DUP and UUP aren't able to court these voters. Most Serious voters don't have any thoughts of supporting these Muppets.
Michael in Belfast wrote (292 days ago):
Truely the only sensible choice for Unionists. I'm sure they'll have a hard tiome realising it but there you go. A party concerned with strengthening the Union through economic improvments and promoting the benefits. Instead of worrying about whether a flag flies 24/7
realistic in planet earth wrote (292 days ago):
good luck ni21, refreshing views. thankyou......:)
Simon in Holywood wrote (292 days ago):
Think NI21 is a big challenge to the UUP and DUP because neither of these old parties have moved on in the process and lack real leadership. At lest NI21 give a differerent view to the Unionist vote made hopefully are not afraid of progress.
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