I had a job to do, let me do that job: Sugden
Thursday, 2 March 2017
OUT and about canvassing in Limavady last week was Independent Unionist candidate for East Londonderry, Claire Sugden.
The Northern Constitution got a chance to speak with Ms Sugden who says her main priority is to "Continue to represent the people of East Londonderry."
Standing for her constituency again, Ms Sugden made it quite clear this election came as a "surprise" to her.
She said: "I have never envisaged that less than a year into my mandate, I would be defending my seat for East Londonderry. However, the people of my constituency put their trust in me in 2015 and I want to uphold the promises I made to them then."
Feeling "reasonably confident," Ms Sugden says she is getting a "positive response on the ground and I hope to get the opportunity to finish the job I started.
“When I went into the election in 2015, it was never an ambition for me to be a Minister, nor did I stand as a candidate to become a Minister, however when the opportunity arose, I took the position after it was offered to me by the First and Deputy First Minister.
“Being a Minister was a real eye opener," she added. "It is a challenging role but I soon realised that, by becoming a Minister, I had more opportunity to effect change in other issues because I was sitting at the Executive table.
“Even though I considered myself an extremely hardworking back-bencher, being a Minister enables me to make and deliver significant change to the people of Northern Ireland."
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