Northern Ireland

Stephen Farry is new deputy leader of Alliance Party

Stephen Farry is an assembly member for North Down Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Stephen Farry is an assembly member for North Down

North Down assembly member Stephen Farry has been elected deputy leader of the Alliance Party.

He was elected unopposed by delegates at an Alliance Party council meeting held in Bangor, County Down.

He succeeds Naomi Long, who became party leader in October.

Mr Farry said he was "delighted to receive this endorsement from the Alliance membership".

He served as Minister for Employment and Learning in the Stormont executive between 2011 and 2016.