“As a party, he has steered us through some challenging times and, despite those challenges, delivered some of our best electoral results. He is stepping down from leadership having developed a strong, vibrant and growing organisation.
“It has been a pleasure to serve as his Deputy Leader for the last 10 years and to work closely with him to shape and modernise the party. I want to thank David, Anne and their family for the sacrifices they have made over those years, for which all of us in Alliance are hugely indebted.”
Her colleague Mr Farry said it has been “a privilege” working with Mr Ford for over 20 years.
“In particular, I was impressed by his dedication and professionalism as Minister for Justice. In addition to being the most successful Alliance Leader to date, he leaves a powerful legacy in having successfully overseen the devolution of policing and justice.
“I know David’s passion for South Antrim, for Alliance and for building a united community are undiminished, and he will continue to pursue those actively as a constituency MLA and an effective member of our Assembly team.”