Northern Ireland

First Northern Ireland leader for Green Party

Steven Agnew
Image caption Steven Agnew significantly increased the Green Party's vote in the last European election

Green Party spokesperson Steven Agnew has been elected the first leader of the party in Northern Ireland.

Mr Agnew, beat Down councillor Cadogan Enright, winning 72% of the votes in a postal ballot.

The new leader has said he expects the party to increase its representation at Stormont and attract younger voters after the next Assembly election.

He trebled the party's vote in the last European election.

Last week, the Green's only MLA, Brian Wilson, announced that he is to stand down at the next Assembly election.

He had represented North Down at Stormont since 2007.

Mr Agnew worked as Mr Wilson's research assistant and will contest the seat for the Greens.

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