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East Belfast

World-class

The talent and character of people have made East Belfast a political, economic and cultural engine room for Northern Ireland and beyond.

East Belfast has led the world in industry such as; shipbuilding, rope works, tobacco works, linen and aerospace. A rich heritage of ingenuity is symobilsed by the iconic Harland and Wolff cranes, Samson and Goliath, and shipyard at which Titanic was built. New innovation and enterprise is being incubated at the former Science Park, now Catalyst Inc and many other companies across the constituency. Literary, musical and sporting sons such as Clive Staples Lewis, Van Morrison and George Best demonstrate an ability to make a world class contribution in any walk of life.

Progress

East Belfast continues to rise to global competition and play a central role in building a peaceful, prosperous and innovative Northern Ireland.

The devolved power-sharing regional government and legislature, the Northern Ireland Assembly is based at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, designed by Sir Arthur Thornley. Whilst the pace of progress delivered by this institution has been inadequate, many people would agree the potential for partnership and local accountability provided by the Assembly is the best way to build a shared and better future for the region.

International businesses such as Bombardier Shorts Aerospace continue to employ thousands of local skilled workers and are collaborating with our universities to establish world-class centres of research and development in composite engineering technologies.

Small and medium sized businesses that are at the centre of our community continue to thrive despite political and economic challenges.

Flagship schemes such as the Connswater Community Greenway, a multi-million pound linear park and civic square project has reconnected and led regeneration in much of East Belfast.

This walk and cycle route, the Comber Greenway and heritage trails connect with other flagship projects at Titanic Quarter, to provide local people and visitors from all over the world access to all that East Belfast has to offer.

A shared and better Future

This positive development must be accessible to everyone and grasped as a unique opportunity to address inequality and division in our community.

Elected representatives must listen to and work in partnership with the community to improve educational attainment, health, economic activity, community safety, provision for the most vulnerable and the physical environment across East Belfast.

My vision is for an inclusive, skilled and environmentally aware East Belfast. We must work together to make this a world-class constituency in which to live, work and visit. I am committed to playing my part and look forward to working with you to make this vision a reality.

Chris in the constituency