South Antrim MP and MLA congratulate borough’s new Mayor

UUP Councillor John Scott, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey.

UUP Councillor John Scott, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey.

South Antrim MP Danny Kinahan and Assemblyman Steve Aiken OBE have congratulated Cllr John Scott on being chosen as the new Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey.

The Macedon representative was elected First Citizen at the council’s AGM at Antrim Civic Centre on Monday evening (June 6). Read the story by clicking here.

Danny Kinahan.

Danny Kinahan.

Having joined the former Newtownabbey Borough Council in 2005, Cllr Scott previously served as Mayor of the borough in 2009.

A long-time close party colleague and personal friend, Mr Kinahan expressed his joy at the news of Cllr Scott’s election.

“I am so very happy that John has been chosen as the new Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey. He will make an outstanding contribution to the borough over the next year as he has done throughout his time on the old and new councils. He exemplifies the hard work of an on-the-ground councillor, with those in his DEA and beyond telling me on the doors how he has often gone above and beyond in assisting them with their issues.

“From my time on the old Antrim Council and throughout my term in Stormont and now at Westminster I have been able to rely upon John for his excellent support and invaluable local guidance. To see him honoured in this way really makes me proud of an esteemed colleague and a personal friend.”

Assemblyman Steve Aiken OBE echoed Mr Kinahan’s sentiments, saying: “Over the last several months, campaigning in areas like Ballyduff, Mossley etc I have become very familiar with Cllr Scott and his hard work; mostly through the endless praise of constituents for a truly hard-working representative. I have no doubt that John will make an outstanding contribution in his time as our first Ulster Unionist Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey.”

“I certainly look forward to working with him, as I have throughout the election campaign, on issues facing the people of South Antrim. I am glad I have the opportunity to work with a man with such a record of delivery.”