Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Assembly elections put back to 2016

Parliament Buildings
Image caption The next election to the assembly had been due in 2015

The next elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly are to be put back a year, until 2016.

The secretary of state, Theresa Villiers, has said the government is to introduce five-year fixed terms.

"This will bring Northern Ireland into line with the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales and provide consistency over the current electoral cycle across the United Kingdom," she said.

The next election had been due in 2015.