Northern Ireland Assembly elections put back to 2016
- 10 May 2013
- From the section Northern Ireland
The next elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly are to be put back a year, until 2016.
The secretary of state, Theresa Villiers, has said the government is to introduce five-year fixed terms.
"This will bring Northern Ireland into line with the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales and provide consistency over the current electoral cycle across the United Kingdom," she said.
The next election had been due in 2015.