The Alliance Party will run Matthew Beaumont in Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the forthcoming Westminster election on December 12. In a press release today (Friday) Mr Beaumont said it was a “privilege” to be selected as the candidate for the Alliance Party.

Sitting MP for constituency, Michelle Gildernew, will run for Sinn Fein. The SDLP have yet to put forward a candidate while it remains to be seen if a pact will be formed between the UUP and the DUP to run just one candidate in a bid to unseat Ms Gildernew.

In his statement Mr. Beaumont said:

“In the 2016 referendum, Fermanagh and South Tyrone voted resoundingly to remain in the EU. As a border county, the negative impacts of Brexit will be felt much more here than in many other areas, so it will be vital to have a strong remain voice at Westminster.”

He went on to say that he will put the “best interests of the area forward” should he be elected:

“It is a privilege for me to have been selected as a candidate and if elected I will ensure the best interests of this area will be put forward at every opportunity. We need to support our health services, ensure victims of abuse are heard and supported and work to build the local economy and jobs,” comment Mr. Beaumont, before going on to speak on what he sees as the negative effects of Brexit.

“There is no such thing as a good or sensible Brexit. The only way out of this mess is to return remain supporting MPs who will have the power to let the people have their say on the latest deal.

“Voters are angry they cast their vote in the 2016 referendum on the basis of false NHS messages on the side of a bus and false promises to farmers and local businesses. 

“Fermanagh and South Tyrone is ready for change and by supporting me will be voting for a candidate who can represent the entire community.

“Right across Northern Ireland there has been a surge of support for Alliance Party candidates and that surge is continuing as our membership grows every day. Be part of that surge by voting Alliance.”