“After much thought and reflection I have agreed to allow my name to go forward as the DUP candidate for the Westminster Election in North Down. North Down is a safe Unionist seat and as the only realistic centre right Unionist pro Union candidate in the field I believe the people of North Down should be offered the widest possible choice to elect someone who is strong on the Union, strong for North Down, strong for local communities and who is willing to work for all.”

“I want to be a working MP who works hard for all constituents regardless of who they are, all the time and not just at election time. This is an election that will shape the future of our country for years to come and your vote is therefore vital for the Union and I would call on the 14152 people who voted for the DUP at the recent NI Assembly election to give me an opportunity to prove myself to you all. This will be an election where your voice really counts and where the people of North Down will get the chance to send a really strong voice as part of an experienced team to represent them at Westminster on important issues such as Health, Education, jobs and the Union. At a time when strong leadership is needed to help Northern Ireland secure the best deal from Brexit, other candidates remain in denial about the referendum result and are failing to fight for the best deal possible for Northern Ireland.”

“I want to see help for local business and want to work for more jobs to come to North Down. I want to see the maximum support for local community organisations and to build the confidence in our future generations of young people. I want to secure new school builds and fight for more funding through our block grant to boost our local services such as the PSNI, Health and Education as well as assisting the business community. I humbly ask the electorate of North Down to give me the chance to demonstrate what I have proven at both Council and Assembly level and allow me the great privilege and honour to serve you at Westminster.”