Address imbalance between Belfast and North West - Hunter

Maiden speech highlights ‘undeniable imbalance’

Address imbalance between Belfast and North West - Hunter

The SDLP’s Cara Hunter made her maiden speech at Stormont last week.

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THE newest local MLA has used her maiden speech to draw the Assembly's attention to the “undeniable imbalance” between Belfast and the rural North West.

Cara Hunter was co-opted into her seat by the SDLP last month following he death of John Dallat.

At Stormont on Tuesday she paid tribute to her predecessor, describing him as a “a giant” of her party before turning to issues most impacting her constituents' future.

“Rural areas can no longer be isolated and under-funded,” she said

“The forgotten communities in the North West have been neglected for too long. Many feel there is an undeniable regional imbalance - a postcode lottery.

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