Alliance’s John Hyland resigns from his role as Ballymena councillor

A change in circumstances means that John Hyland will return to Liverpool and step down from his councillor role.

The Alliance Party’s councillor for Ballymena, John Hyland, has announced that he will be resigning from his role.

In an Alliance Party statement this morning, they said that he will return to his native Liverpool due to a change in personal circumstances.

The local Alliance association will select a replacement in the coming weeks.

John Hyland said: “It is with deep regret I made the decision to step down from the role of Ballymena Councillor”

“It has been a privilege to serve the people of the local community and it was one of the greatest honours of my life to have constituents return me as Councillor in the local election in May. It has meant so much to me to be welcomed to Mid and East Antrim since making it as my home a number of years ago.

“However, there have been a series of unforeseen personal events which have left me to make the very difficult decision to move home and be closer to my family in Liverpool. This means I, unfortunately, can no longer continue in the role of Alliance Councillor. I have made real connections with many local organisations and people, and hope to stay in contact to help in whichever way I can with the amazing community work going on in the Ballymena area.

“I also hope Mid and East Antrim Borough Council can continue its trajectory to become a more openly progressive and diverse place to work and live, which Alliance is fully committed to achieving. I will do all I can to help my replacement work towards this goal as well.”
Hyland released this tweet earlier this morning following the news.

John Hyland was elected as a councillor in the local election in May 2023.

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