Earlier this week, Ulster Unionist Ards councillor Jeffrey Magill told the Ards Chronicle that he was backing DUP candidate Jim Shannon for Strangford. The Belfast Telegraph then reported that a UUP councillor had been expelled for supporting the DUP.
Not so, say the UUP.
A UUP guy says that Councillors (like the DUP and all other main parties) are required to make a small contribution to the party as mandated in 2006 by the UUP Executive. And apparently Jeff failed to bring himself into line despite many opportunities to do so. So he got expelled, erm, about six months ago.
So the sequencing would then be that he backed the DUP after he was sent packing by the UUP.
UUP guy says:
“So an ex UUP Councillor, expelled for failing to meet basic party requirements, supports the DUP candidate over Mike Nesbitt. Surprise, surprise.”
The story, and Jeff’s support, doesn’t carry quite the same weight in this context.
Either way, the DUP are delighted needless to say.