Lyttle and Cochrane chosen for Alliance for East Belfast Assembly election

Current Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle and Castlereagh Councillor Judith Cochrane have both been selected to stand for the Alliance Party in next year’s Assembly elections in the East Belfast constituency.

Cllr Judith Cochrane said: “It is such an honour to stand for the Alliance Party in East Belfast . We have a very proud tradition of public service and delivery on the ground, and Chris and I will work hard to maintain that.

“On a daily basis I work to help people in the area with a very wide range of issues from, housing to benefits, planning and immigration, as I believe that politicians’ main role is to deliver for the people they represent.”

“Alliance is the only party that makes creating a shared future our top priority. Segregation is costing each household £1,000 annually and we are the party leading the way in efforts to tackle this massive problem. Alliance has the vision and ambition to complete the transformation in Northern Ireland and ensure we are a peaceful, prosperous and shared society.”

Chris Lyttle MLA said: “It is an honour to serve the people of East Belfast at the Northern Ireland Assembly and my aim is to replace the wasteful, tribal politics of the past with a more positive, shared politics for the future.

“I have always lived in East Belfast , which is renowned for its world class industrial, sporting and cultural talent but at this challenging economic time we must work together to protect the most vulnerable in our community, provide quality education for all and promote jobs in every way possible.

“Alliance has shown positive leadership with the election of Naomi Long to Westminster and appointment of David Ford as Minister of Justice. I believe we can build on this progress by increasing our mandate to work for a shared and better future next year.”



Biography of Chris Lyttle

Chris Lyttle was born and raised in East Belfast and educated at Queen’s University Belfast and Harvard University . His experience includes working as East Belfast Constituency & Research Assistant to Naomi Long.

Chris was selected to replace Naomi Long as Alliance MLA for East Belfast this summer and is a member of the Employment and Learning Committee at the Assembly.

Chris Lyttle lives in East Belfast , is 29 and is married with one child. He has played football for a number of teams in recent years and he is a UEFA B Licence qualified football coach.

Biography of Judith Cochrane

Judith Cochrane has represented Castlereagh East since the local government elections of 2005 and lives in East Belfast . Judith sits on the Finance, Leisure and Technical Services Committees of the Council as well as Castlereagh Hills Golf Board. She is keen to ensure that the Council is open, transparent and accountable to the Castlereagh rate payers

Judith is the Constituency Manager of Naomi Long’s and Chris Lyttle’s East Belfast Constituency Office and previously worked for the NICS; as a Management Consultant in the private sector; and in retail management. Her qualifications include a Masters in Business Administration from Queen’s University and an honours degree in Nutrition from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen .

In her spare time Judith is a leader in the Senior Section of the Girl Guides and plays hockey for Grosvenor Ladies Hockey Club. She is married with two young daughters and is Chair of the PTA in her eldest child’s school, Greenwood Primary School.

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