Derry DUP  Alderman Gary Middleton is to become an MLA.

Ald Middleton, a member of Derry City and Strabane District Council, will replace Maurice Devenney who stepped down last week after only five months at Stormont.

Alderman Devenney, also a member of the Derry-Strabane “super council” had replaced William Hay who stepped down as an MLA on health grounds.

Alderman Middleton will be co-opted to Stormont to serve the Foyle constituency.

Alderman Middleton, who served as Deputy Mayor of Derry during its final 10 months, was co-opted on to Derry City Council to replace Mr Hay in May 2010.

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