Naomi Long said, “If elected, I will not only be the first woman to lead the party,  I will also be the first leader younger than Alliance itself.”

The East Belfast Assembly member Naomi Long seems certain to become the next leader of the Alliance party in two weeks time after she emerged as the o(...)

David Ford was the minister of justice from 2010 until earlier this year when Alliance decided not to take up an offer from the DUP and Sinn Féin to hold on to that post. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

David Ford is stepping down as leader of the Alliance Party with his successor to be chosen at a special party conference at the end of the month, he (...)