REV Dr Robert Coulter, the Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member for North Antrim and UUP Health Spokesman, has thanked all the electors who voted for his belief in the "power of positive politics" and re-elected him for a third successive term at Stormont.
Assemblyman Coulter said he was greatly honoured by the level of support from the North Antrim electorate for his own ‘People First Pledge’, adding that he considered it “a real and genuine privilege to once again serve the people of this great constituency”.
Assemblyman Coulter said: “I also greatly appreciated the help given to me by my election agent Councillor Robin Cherry, my fellow UUP candidate Mr Robin Swann and all who helped in the canvass and in any other way to make my election campaign a success.
“I would also thank the Chief Electoral Officer and the staff at Ballymena for the professional way in which they helped candidates and their election agents, and for the professional manner in which they carried through the count.”
Assemblyman Coulter said: “My first and second terms in the Northern Ireland Assembly were built around my personal pledge of putting people first through positive politics. I intend to continue with this political vision in my third term.
“My politics are the politics of helping people with their problems in health, housing, education and farming. My policies are built upon the three pillars of putting people first, putting patients first and getting prices that are fair for farmers.
“At the top of the health agenda is the real need to put patients first. To achieve this we must fight for a reduction of the waiting lists, for more nursing home places, for adequate funding for the care of the elderly, and for more time to be given for Home Help assistance.
“I fully support the campaign to get better wages for nurses, carers and health staff. This also goes hand in hand with the need to develop a modern paramedic ambulance service, especially to cover isolated regions of our constituency. My continuing People First Pledge also recognizes the need for our constituency’s farming community to receive a fair price for its produce. Our agricultural sector is at the heart of economic development in North Antrim.
“Urgent measures also need to be taken to develop our constituency’s potential for tourism, especially in the Moyle region, thereby providing jobs for the unemployed. My People First Pledge also stresses the need for more assistance in the education of young people for life and in their training for industry.
“To make this People First Pledge a success, we need the restoration of our legislative Parliament. The electors of North Antrim have now given me an effective mandate to represent them and it is my desire to make my positive politics effective in the new Assembly,” said Rev Dr Coulter.