As Paul Walter points out today Iris Robinson has been appointed Crown Steward and Bailiff of the three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham in the County of Buckingham. At last she has a political appointment that her husband hasn't had before her.
Though she is the second successive member for Strangford to hold the post. On the same day, 17 December 1985, that Peter was briefly Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, her predecessor John Taylor of the UUP also resigned, he was the fifth of eight Unionists to be appointed to the Chiltern Hundreds that day. Of course they both along with other 6 steward of the Manor of Northstead that day were protested over the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
So the people from Dundonald, Newtownards, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, places in between and the Ards Peninsular are now without an MP. Shortly they will also have a new DUP MLA appointed by the party, as Iris was also top on first preference votes here in 2007. She is leaving the current of public life behind her, which links neatly into Paul's video of the crossing from Portaferry towards Strangford as the mouth of Strangford Lough.