Dickson Welcomes New “Gang” Taskforce, But Questions Remain

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, speaking on BBC Radio Ulster gave his view on the new PSNI, NCA and HMRC joint taskforce aimed at tackling organised and paramilitary crime. The new taskforce has been given an annual budget of £5 million for the next 5 years in order to target around 100 paramilitary and criminal gangs. Commenting on this taskforce, Mr Dickson expressed concern that communities affected by such criminal activity will not feel safer unless visible progress is made. “It will only change their lives when it things visibly change. When they see the police going into communities, and that all of a sudden the fancy new car that sits outside some drug dealer or money lend

Dickson Expresses Concern and Support for Local Bombardier Workers

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his concern at the potential impact on Bombardier Aerospace, of a current United States competition complaint made by Boeing. Bombardier is accused by the US giant Boeing, of ‘price-dumping’ in the US and selling its aircraft below costs, with the support of Canadian government funding. If the US Trade Commission finds in favour of Boeing, it could put the viability of the Belfast manufacturing site in jeopardy. Mr Dickson commented: “I want to express my support for the 4,500 workers who are currently employed at the site, and are now worried about what the future may bring. Northern Ireland has a proud history of aircraft production,

Devolution Settlement Being Rewritten Without Local Input, Says Dickson

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said the devolution settlement is being rewritten without any input from Northern Ireland due to the political impasse. Mr Dickson was speaking as the Scottish and Welsh Governments published proposals for changing legislation relating to the EU Withdrawal Bill. The two First Ministers said the Bill should "work with, not against, devolution," adding it would need to be "substantially amended" before they are able to recommend legislative consent is given by their respective Parliaments. "While the devolved Scottish and Welsh Governments are proposing amendments to this Bill in order to ensure powers remain with the devolved institutions, the lack of a fun

Dickson and Williams Welcome Neighbourhood Watch in Greenisland and PCSP Alert Schemes

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, and Local Alliance Campaigner, Noel Williams, have welcomed the development of a Neighbour Hood Watch (NHW) scheme for Farm Lodge in Greenisland and new ‘Text Alert’ and ‘Report All’ schemes set up by the Mid & East Antrim Council (MEA) Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP). They were attending the MEA Neighbourhood Watch Public Meeting in Greenisland, where the schemes were introduced with other topics of discussion, such as Crime Trends, Crime Prevention and the MEA Greenisland Master Plan. The Text Alert Scheme is open to anyone who lives in MEA. Citizens can register their mobile number and then receive an SMS message to their phone

Dickson Welcomes Virgin Media’s Re-commitment to Finish Works by ‘End of November’

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed further assurance from Virgin Media, that they will have completed their cable laying works in Greenisland by the end of November this year. Mr Dickson said: “In recent weeks, many constituents contacted me concerned that Virgin Media cable laying work seemed to have halted in Greenisland, and many were worried that the company had decided to pull out of the area. I am happy to confirm that Virgin Media have made clear to me their commitment to Greenisland, and clarified that the inactivity over the past few weeks was as a result of health and safety issues and changing contractors. “Furthermore, Virgin Media are keen to engage wit

Dickson Supports Work of Local RAF Association

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has commended the tenacity and selflessness shown by 'the few' that defended the United Kingdom in the skies during WWII. Dickson commented: 'The Battle of Britain was perhaps one of the most pivotal events of the 20th Century; without the brave and skilled pilots of the RAF, the Europe in which we live would be a very different place. Around 3,000 aircrew, 544 of which were killed, were prepared to sacrifice their lives, to defend the 38 million people of the United Kingdom. This has not been forgotten, and that is why I am so happy to see a vibrant and highly active RAF Association in Carrickfergus." The Carrickfergus RAF Association's Battle of Britai

Cancer Care and Treatment Strategies Have Failed

Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has stated his outrage and dismay at the failure of previous Health Ministers to provide adequate health care strategies that deliver to UK standards for cancer patients. This was revealed in a research paper presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which highlighted that over 87,000 people in Northern Ireland have been diagnosed with cancer in the last 20 years and that by 2020, almost one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Northern Ireland, the most common types being cancer of the breast, lung, bowel and prostate. Advances in cancer care and treatment mean that more people ar

Dickson Welcomes Ongoing Revitalisation of Larne

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, expressed his delight this week at the progress being made to improve Larne Town Centre. Visiting Main Street, on one of his regular visits to the town centre, Mr Dickson said: “For a number of years Larne Town Centre, like many in Northern Ireland, was looking tired and having to compete with nearby towns and out-of-town outlets. However, today Main Street is looking better than it has for decades, and the shoppers are out in force. “I would like to commend all those involved in the works, including the contractors, Mid & East Antrim Council, and of course the businesses and people of Larne, who have patiently endured the public realm works in the

Dickson Hails Another Successful Business Breakfast

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, hailed the 2017 East Antrim Alliance Business Breakfast as “a great success”. Mr Dickson welcomed business owners, employers and Alliance Party members from all across the constituency and Northern Ireland, to the breakfast, which focused on the issue of Brexit, and the progress made so far. Guest speakers at the breakfast were: Gareth Hetherington, Director of the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre, and Dr Stephen Farry MLA former Employment & Learning Minister, and Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party. The theme of ‘Brexit’ was introduced by Mr Dickson as he emphasised the potential effects it will have on Northern Ireland, with a focus on No

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