Dickson disappointed by Glenarm GP practice closure

East Antrim Alliance candidate Stewart Dickson has expressed deep disappointment attempts to resolve the GP problem in Glenarm have failed, after it was revealed the local practice is to be closed. Antrim Coast Medical Centre, which serves around 2,000 patients, will close its doors after the current GP retires at the end of March. While the post had been advertised, no applications were made. "Without proposed health reforms and an increase in GPs, supply will continue to fall, which is extremely worrying. I repeatedly brought this issue to the attention of the Health Minister during the previous Assembly and also attempted to arrange meetings with Departmental officials to discuss potent

Dickson and Donnelly Turn In Nomination Papers

Stewart Dickson and Danny Donnelly, East Antrim Alliance candidates for the Northern Ireland Assembly, today turned in their nomination papers. Arriving this morning in the Electoral Area Office in Newtownabbey, Mr Dickson and Mr Donnelly were joined by former Alliance leader, David Ford, North Antrim candidate, Patricia O’Lynn, and Mid Ulster candidate, Fay Watson. Mr Dickson speaking at the Office said: “While I had not expected to be here so soon after the May 2016 election it is with a great sense of excitement I enter this campaign. “With the two main parties so dramatically failing the people of Northern Ireland, the alternative provided by Alliance is sorely needed.” Mr Donnelly added

Dickson marks Holocaust Memorial Day

East Antrim Alliance candidate Stewart Dickson, as one of his last acts as MLA for 2016-17 mandate, signed the Holocaust Memorial book in Stormont. Mr Dickson said: “Genocide is not a single act. It does not happen without warning or signs. It is built by discrimination, racism and hatred, as they go unchecked and unchallenged. “We must always be aware of what could happen if we do not constantly strive to oppose discrimination. “It should always be remembered that the Holocaust was not the last genocide of the 20th century. “Followed by the Cambodian genocide, the Rwandan genocide, then only one year later, the genocide in Bosnia in 1995. More recently the world witness the genocide in Darf

Dickson Addresses Social Enterprise Conference

East Antrim Alliance Assembly candidate, Stewart Dickson, addressed the Social Enterprise conference on Thursday 26 January. As immediate past Chairperson for the Assembly All Party Group on Social Enterprise, Stewart Dickson spoke to a packed conference of over 150 people. He opened the conference by commending the work of Social Enterprise NI in promoting Social Value across Northern Ireland. Mr Dickson said: “Northern Ireland is fortunate to host some of the finest examples of Social Enterprises anywhere on these islands. “I was privileged to work as Chairperson of the All Party Group. With this position, and with support from all political parties, I made significant progress in bringing

As Northern Ireland Executive Flounders, Glenarm Suffers

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his concern the impact an election will have on resolving the GP problem in Glenarm. Antrim Coast Medical Centre will face an uncertain future as the current GP retires. While the post had been advertised, no applications were made. Mr Dickson said: “I have been questioning the Minister about her intentions to resolve the issue in Glenarm for a number of months. More recently, I have been trying to arrange a meeting with department officials to discuss potential solutions. “Discussions are still ongoing with neighbouring GP practices to merge with the Antrim Coast Medical Practice. However, the election will be sure to further complica

Alliance selects Dickson and Donnelly for East Antrim

Stewart Dickson MLA, and Alliance Party Activist, Danny Donnelly, have been selected to contest the Assembly election in East Antrim on 2nd March. The East Antrim Alliance Association selected the duo at a selection meeting (in Carnlough) on Wednesday evening. The special selection was required after the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, called a snap election two days before on Monday 16th January. Mr Dickson is the sitting MLA and was re-elected to represent East Antrim in May 2016. Mr Donnelly, who lives in Larne, is well known for his passion for campaigning on environmental issues. He also ran in the last Assembly election. Following their selection, the candidates issued a joint s

Dickson Gives Cautious Welcome to Finance Minister’s Announcement on Social Value Bill

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has tentatively welcomed news from the Department of Finance of a proposed Social Value Bill. Stewart Dickson MLA has been working since the 2016 election to bring forward a Social Value Bill for Northern Ireland. The Bill would mirror similar legislation in England. The Bill would place a statutory duty on public authorities to maximise social, economic, and environmental wellbeing through public procurement. The Finance Minister has already said: “Every year the public sector spends nearly £3 billion on goods, services, and works. I want to introduce exemplary Social Value legislation to ensure this spending delivers additional social and economic benefit

Dickson Welcomes Carrickfergus Business Awards 2017

Carrick Times to host the Carrickfergus Business Awards 2017. East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson commented: "I am delighted to see that Carrickfergus is to have the Business Awards for the first time since 2007. "I would applaud the Carrick Times for its initiative in and encourage businesses to showcase their excellence." The Awards will take place on Thursday 27th April 2017 at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel. For more information go the the Carrick Times' website.

East Antrim Focus - £490m UP IN SMOKE

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has launched his Winter 2017 edition of the East Antrim Focus. In the Focus Mr Dickson outlines the £490 million that has gone up in smoke due to the botched Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. It includes a personal message from Mr Dickson and a small selection of the work he has been progressing in East Antrim. The Focus can be viewed here or below.

Register to Vote

On Monday 16th January 2017, the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, called an election for Thursday 2nd March 2017. Details on how to vote, how to register, and the voting system in Northern Ireland are below. Important Information: Election Date - Thursday 2nd March 2017 Last Date to Register to Vote - Tuesday 14th February 2017, Valentine's Day Voting System - Proportional Representation: Single Transferable Vote More Information - Electoral Office in Northern Ireland website http://www.eoni.org.uk/Home Register to Vote To register to vote, update your address or name - print off this form, complete and sign it, then return it to your Area Office. Please read the guida

Stewart Dickson MLA hosts Larne Grammar School Work Experience Pupil

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his delight in having a pupil from Larne Grammar School, who took part in three days of Work Experience in his constituency office. David Balmer commented on how he enjoyed his time with the MLA. He spent time in Constituency office in Carrickfergus and also visited Stormont. He said: “I spent an afternoon in Stormont with Mr Dickson and got to witness a Committee meeting taking place, met some other party MLAs, representatives and staff and was able see what jobs MLAs do in their daily life.” “As an A-level History student, I was interested in seeing how the Assembly functions, first hand. It was a great experience for me and one I wo

Dickson Warns of Consequences of Sudden Dissolution of Assembly

Stewart Dickson, Alliance Party MLA for East Antrim, warns snap elections could have grave consequences for policy in Northern Ireland, particularly on issues regarding Finance, Benefits and Health. With the Budget planned for April now increasingly unlikely, Mr Dickson said: “I believe that our already overworked Healthcare system will be stretched beyond its capabilities in the coming months. This could well prove disastrous and put thousands of vulnerable people at risk. Our GPs and hospital staff are already under an unbelievable amount of pressure even without these further concerns. “Depending on the actions of the Department of Finance, this year’s budget could fall up to 5% short of

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