THE Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) officially opened its constituency office in Glengormley on Friday, January 22.
MEP Diane Dodds and her husband Nigel Dodds MP were on hand to help carry out the honours at MLA Paula Bradley’s new office on Portland Avenue.
Mrs Dodds described the new office, the DUP’s fourth in the north Belfast area, as a mark of the party’s rapid progression in the past 13 years.
She said: “The DUP in north and west Belfast is continuing to grow and expand its representation for the local community.
“These offices play an important role for everyone right across the province and they are vital to establishing the representation the DUP has.
“There is a lot of good work that goes on behind the doors of these offices and already this Glengormley office has become part of the community.
“I have worked in all our constituency offices across north Belfast bar this particular one.
“And while I may not be available to work in this office because of my MEP commitments, I will always be available to work alongside Paula and for the people.
“Paula has done a fantastic job already and I wish her all the very best of luck for the future.”
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds also offered his congratulations, and added: “The mark of a good constituency office is that it becomes a part of the community and provides an important service to the people - not just at election time.
“It is crucial that we provide a service to the community and working together we can provide a first class service.
“People often come into our offices and say they don’t vote or they don’t support the DUP. But that is not what we are here for, we provide a service for the whole community for everyone, irrespective of their background.”
Ms Bradley took up the premises in September, following her election success in May.
She thanked her staff, Linda Irwin, Samantha Burns and Thomas Hogg and her mother Lottie for their hard work and efforts to make the opening a success.
She added: “Having represented Glengormley as a councillor for many years it is very satisfying to have now opened a constituency office in my capacity as an MLA.
“This is good news for Newtownabbey and for the people of Glengormley in particular.”
The office is open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4.30pm and Friday 9am to 4pm, and can be contacted on Tel: 028 9083 0066 or by email: email@example.com.