Alliance Leader welcomes new Secretary of State Shaun Woodward

Alliance Leader David Ford has thanked Peter Hain for his work as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and welcomed his successor, Shaun Woodward, to the post. It was announced today that Shaun Woodward would take over the post, with Peter Hain becoming Minister for Work and Pensions in Gordon Brown’s new cabinet.

David Ford said: “I would like to thank Peter Hain for his contribution to the progress made in Northern Ireland in recent years and I want to take this opportunity to wish him well in his new post as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

“He has played a role in securing the devolution deal which has brought power back to Northern Ireland.

“I also want to congratulate Shaun Woodward on his appointment and hope he has less work to do here than Peter Hain, with our Assembly now dealing with local matters.

“I look forward to working with Shaun Woodward, and hope in the future that he moves to hand over further powers to our Assembly.”


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