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The Westminster Election Hustings Debate In Downpatrick – First Session

The hustings debate between the seven Westminster election candidates for South Down was overshadowed by some brief but controversial comments from DUP candidate Jim Wells MLA. The link for this Down News report can be found below. This article focuses on extracts from the candidates on the other key bread…

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Parades Commission Restrict Bands Parade In Downpatrick

UKIP’s Down District Spokesman Alan Lewis has expressed disappointment at the annual Parades Commission restrictions on the Downpatrock Red Hand Defenders annual band parade. By coincidence, the date for the bands annual parade fell on Monday 4 August, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The band was…

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UKIP Candidate Alan Lewis Welcomes Clough Speed Limit Review

UKIP Representative and Slieve Croob election candidate Alan Lewis calls for a speed limit review entering Clough. Mr Lewis said: “Having spoken with residents in Jordanstown, it is felt a reduced speed limit to 30mph rather than 40mph would be better approaching Jordanstown into Clough. “I have requested Roads Service…

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Only UKIP Can Deliver For Farmers Says Lewis

UKIP Down District representative and the party’s Slieve Croob district electoral area candidate, Alan Lewis has been speaking to local Down District farmers. He said:  ” I have been canvassing across Slieve Croob this past few weeks I took the opportunity to visit local farms. I believe  UKIP is the…

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UKIP Support Health Campaign For Downe A&E And Oppose Minor Injuries Unit

UK Independence Party (UKIP) representative Alan Lewis has been going door to door in Clough and Seaforde with the Downe A&E petition collecting signatures and has commended the community across Down District for signing the petition. He said:  “I have visited Clough and Seaforde but there has been many politicians…

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UKIP Withdraws From Unionist Forum

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) in Northern Ireland has confirmed its withdrawal from the Unionist Forum. The announcement was made by UKIP’s Northern Ireland leader David McNarry MLA and has been warmly received by UKIP members provincewide. Welcoming the announcement, UKIP’s Northern Ireland chairman, Cllr. Henry Reilly said: “The Unionist Forum promised much,…

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Stop Playing Politics With Castlewellan Forest Park Says UKIP

Mr UK Independence Party (UKIP) representative Alan Lewis has called on the SDLP and Sinn Fein to “stop playing politics” with the future of Castlewellan Forest Park. Alan said “Recently we’ve heard SDLP representatives questioning Forest Service commitment to Castlewellan Forest Park. In particular, they appear concerned that whilst Forest Service…

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UKIP Representative Calls For Better Road Salting Arrangements

UKIP Representative Alan Lewis has welcomed DRD Ministers Danny Kennedy’s recent confirmation of a review into the Roads Service decision-making process around the salting of roads. He said: “On Monday 13 January the PSNI reported they had attended 42 RTC’s across Northern Ireland between 6-9am. Roads Service indicated when they became aware of the…

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Lewis Calls For Independent Investigation Into A&E Services

Following the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust’s decision to reduce A&E hours at the Downe and Lagan Valley hospitals, the UK Indepennce Party (UKIP) has now called for an independent investigation after a major incident being was declared at the RVH last Wednesday night. UKIP’s Down District representative…

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UKIP Says Elderly Residents In Dundrum Oppose New Playpark

Following planning permission approval for a play park located at St Donard’s Walk in Dundrum, UKIP representative Alan Lewis is “urging  caution”. He said: “Firstly I congratulate Down District Council and community associations for bringing forward a number of play park proposals across the district. Dundrum has long been in need of an…

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UKIP Calls For Seaforde Traffic Speed Reduction

UKIP representative Alan Lewis has called on Roads Service to lower the speed limit through Seaforde village. He said: “The speed limit through Seaforde is currently set at 40mph I believe this to be to high for a built-up residential area. “Following calls from residents I made representations to Roads…

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UKIP Meet OFCOM Over South Down Mobile Signal Issues

UKIP Representative Alan Lewis has met OFCOM’s Regulatory Affairs Manager Sinead Lee to discuss poor O2 and 3G signal in South Down. Speaking after the meeting Mr Lewis said: ” I have had a very positive meeting with an OFCOM representative. I articulated the concerns of O2 customers who had contacted…

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Local Politicians Elected to Senior UKIP NI Positions

Mournes Councillor  Henry Reilly and UKIP Down District representative Alan Lewis have been elected to senior positions within UKIP. On Thursday evening the  UKIP Northern Ireland members held an AGM in the Randisson Blu Hotel in Belfast and the meeting was attended by Paul Nuttall MEP. Councillor Reilly was unanimously…

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UKIP Comments on Thatcher

UKIP Down District representative Alan Lewis has commented on the passing of one of the United Kingdom’s most famous Prime Ministers, Margaret Thatcher. He said: “We remember momentous times in history as she famously fell out of favor with Unionists when she sold the right of our affairs to a…

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UKIP Representative Calls For Bridge Repair in Ballynahinch

UKIP Down District representative Alan Lewis has called on the DRD Roads Service to carry out necessary repairs on a bridge between the Lisburn Street car park and Church View Ballynahinch.  He said: “I received a call from Dawn porter who had fallen while crossing the bridge. She had tripped on a loose panel…

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