New Assembly members take up seats

New Stormont Assembly members have taken up their roles in Northern Ireland.

DUP MEP Diane Dodds will represent the Upper Bann constituency.

It was vacated by party colleague Carla Lockhart after she won the Westminster seat in last month’s General Election.

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DUP MEP Diane Dodds will represent the Upper Bann constituency (Liam McBurney/PA)

Ms Dodds has been a proponent of Brexit in the European Parliament. The UK is due to leave the bloc at the end of the month.

She said: “It’s a great privilege to represent an area where I was born and now live.

“We all need a functioning and stable Assembly which delivers and deals with the practical everyday issues we all face.”

Sinn Fein’s new Newry and Armagh Stormont Assembly member Liz Kimmins also signed the register at Parliament Buildings after she was co-opted to replace the party’s Megan Fearon.

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long has previously announced she will take a seat in East Belfast.

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