I support limited government, low household taxes and greater levels of personal
responsibility. I stand for equality of opportunity, the rule of law and a Northern
Ireland in which everyone can prosper
Politics shouldn’t be about the optics, it should be about competing ideas. We need
to consider what works and what doesn’t work, and come up with evidence based, outcome
driven policies to deliver positive change in Northern Ireland.
Innovative thinking in the public sector is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Government
needs to be leaner and more efficient. We need to be able to think differently in
order to deliver better outcomes for the public without increasing the burden on
Politics in Northern Ireland needs to be motivated by hope for the future rather
than resentment from the past. Our shared goal should be creating a safer, happier,
healthier and more economically vibrant Northern Ireland for everyone
ROSS COMMENDS WORK OF POSITIVE LIFE
East Antrim MLA Alastair Ross has commended the work of 'Positive Life', the local charity who supports people living with or affected by HIV in Northern Ireland.
Mr Ross said,
'It is a worrying trend that we are seeing more and more people diagnosed with HIV in Northern Ireland, and it is clear that there is still a lack of understanding about the virus.
The latest statistics suggest that Northern Ireland has the highest rate of diagnoses in the United Kingdom with an increase of some 20% annually.
Many of us who grew up in the 'MTV generation' will remember the high profile campaign during the 1980's and 90's which promoted awareness about HIV and AIDS, but it seems that people are now less aware.
The virus attacks the immune system, and can be contracted through unprotected sex, sharing infected needles or from mother to child through pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
I think that the Assembly debating the issue this week is an important step in challenging the myths around HIV and an important gesture to tackle the stigma around the virus.
Positive Life too should be commended for their work in this area and their efforts to raise awareness in the lead up to World AIDS day on 1st December."
Published: Thursday, 01 December 2016