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NI21 Slieve Croob Candidate Matthew Morrison Enters Council Election Battle
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Matthew Morrison has been confirmed as the NI21 council candidate for the Slieve Croob area of the new Newry, Mourne and Down Council.

19-year old Matthew is a university student who is currently studying Politics and International Relations.

Matthew Morrison standing in Slieve Croob for NI21.

Matthew Morrison standing in Slieve Croob for NI21.

From Killyleagh town, and educated locally at Down High School in Downpatrick, Matthew has always been passionate about local politics and feels the time is right to become a young confident and strong voice for Slieve Croob.

He said: “I am excited at the prospect of taking a position in public office to represent the entire community at super council level in South Down.

“In February 2012 I was elected as a member of the Youth Parliament to represent my peers for one year. This was extremely valuable as it has given me the experience of representing young people, now I want to stand up for all of the people in Slieve Croob.”

Matthew is particularly aware of major issues including youth unemployment. He said: “NI21 is committed to tackling youth unemployment, linking skills and jobs and significantly improving the careers advice our young people receive.

New party NI21 is fielding four candidates in the local council election in Down District.

New party NI21 is fielding four candidates in the local council election in Down District.

He added: “Too many of my friends have left Northern Ireland unable to find work. This situation must be addressed with a greater focus on building a business environment which allows young people to use their skills and vision in business start-ups and growing small business.”

“I am proud to stand for NI21 –offering fresh politics, away from the tribalism of ‘them and us’, serving all the people of, and building a shared community in, Newry, Mourne and Down.

“I will ensure that the new council for Newry, Mourne and Down concentrates on the real everyday issues facing our local communities rather than dividing communities on the old Orange v Green lines.

“Furthermore, I will be focussing on radical improvement to tourism promotion including  the natural beauty of the Slieve Croob area.”