Déirdre Vaughan announces she will step away from her position as the SDLP’s representative in North Down

The Social Democratic & Labour Party's North Down representative has said she is stepping away from politics for personal reasons.

Déirdre Vaughan has announced that she will “step away” from politics and from her position as the Social Democratic & Labour Party’s representative in North Down.

Vaughan was chosen by the SDLP as their candidate in North Down for the 2022 Assembly election, and she also ran in the Holywood and Clandeboye DEA in the local council elections earlier this year. She failed to get over the line in either election.

I just wanted to let you all know that I have taken the difficult decision to step away from politics and from my position as SDLP Rep in North Down.

This decision was not taken lightly and for purely personal reasons. I continue to wholeheartedly support the SDLP values of civil rights & reconciliation.

Thanks to everyone who has given me a vote or a conversation or who has allowed me to speak up for them during these difficult times. It has been a privilege.

– Déirdre Vaughan

She announced her decision on social media today.

A number of politicians have commented on the post.

Deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Robbie Butler: “It’s never wrong to do the right thing. You’re an excellent advocate in all you do and I hope we continue to get the chance to collaborate on important issues.”
Her party colleague, Cllr Seamas de Faoite, said: “I’m sorry to hear that… I hope in time you can get involved again. There’s a history-making council seat with your name on it in North Down.”

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