Ulster Unionist Party Chief Whip, Steve Aiken OBE MLA, said:
“We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Lady Sylvia Hermon, not only for her service to North Down, but to all of Northern Ireland. She has been on many occasions a lone voice of reason in Westminster.
“She has served Unionism and North Down with distinction. She is a dedicated public servant who treated her constituents with respect and integrity. I wish her well as she steps down from frontline elected politics and I hope she enjoys much more time with her family.
Alan Chambers, Ulster Unionist MLA for North Down, said:
“I have worked closely with Lady Sylvia over the years and it was a pleasure to do so. I would consider her a friend and I genuinely wish her and her family all the best for the future.
“I was more than happy to stand aside at the Westminster election in 2017 because Lady Sylvia was an MP who brought a level of civility, intelligence and general fair play to politics which is sadly missing in the current political bear-pit.”