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Dolores Kelly MLA

Upper Bann

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Dolores at a glance

Dolores has represented the constituency of Upper Bann since 2003.

She is a member of the Policing Board, ensuring fair, balanced and impartial policing structures. Dolores is also a member of the Assembly Social Development Committee and has been a fierece opponent of elements of Tory Welfare Reform which will see hard working people and families punished.

A past pupil of St Michael’s Grammar and a University of Ulster graduate, Dolores worked as a health care profession in the Craigavon Area Hospital and in social services in Banbridge. She is married to Eamon and has four children.

Political career

At a local level Dolores served her constituency of Loughside on the Craigavon District Council from1993 until 2010 and was elected as Mayor of Craigavon in 1999, holding the distinction as the first nationalist candidate to hold the post.

Her main policy work included sustainable rural development and accountable local policing: sitting on the boards of the, TADA regional rural development committee and the Craigavon Community Safety Partnership. Her community policing experience included serving as Chairperson of the Local Strategic Partnership in Craigavon and as a member of the policing board she chaired the committee to appoint the new chief constable of the PSNI. As a member of the OFMDFM committee Dolores worked tirelessly on behalf of victims and on progressing an equality agenda.

In April 2010, she became chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Employment and Learning committee having formerly chaired the Environment committee. Following the Assembly elections of May 2011, Dolores was appointed vice-chair of the agriculture and rural development committee.

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