SDLP candidate Gerry Mullan eyes Stormont seat

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SDLP Westminster candidate Gerry Mullan has revealed he has his sights set on Stormont in the 2016 Assembly elections.

The East Derry candidate polled 4,268 votes in Thursday’s General Election, which saw the DUP’s Gregory Campbell emphatically re-elected as MP.

SDLP Councillor Gerry Mullan with wife Rosie, and daughters, along with John Dallat MLA and Michael Coyle on May 7, 2014.  . INLV2015-054KDR

SDLP Councillor Gerry Mullan with wife Rosie, and daughters, along with John Dallat MLA and Michael Coyle on May 7, 2014. . INLV2015-054KDR

The dad-of-eight told the ‘Journal’ he would be putting his name forward to run for East Derry in 2016, an Assembly seat currently held by veteran SDLP politician, John Dallat.

“This was my first venture into politics above council level and I am grateful to the 4,268 people who voted for me,” said the Causeway Coast and Glens councillor, speaking just a little over 12 hours since the polls closed.

“I will, of course, be putting my name forward for next year’s Assembly Elections and, if selected, I will be looking again to the support of those voters who made me their choice on this occasion.

“Our message in this campaign was to highlight the historical neglect of this constituency by various ministers who missed opportunity after opportunity to address those issues and begin putting in place a decent transport infrastructure, jobs and new hope for business people in our towns and villages. Our campaign for the Assembly Elections is the highest priority for our members who will begin that process immediately.”

Colr. Mullan added: “I look forward to many new people joining us in a campaign, which will appeal to many people right across the board, and will focus on bread and butter issues, which increasingly affect people, especially families on low incomes who are being clobbered already from austerity measures imposed by a ruthless party at Westminster that has just been re-elected.”