DUP MP Sammy Wilson has defended Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland’s special advisor Stephen Brimstone as “not a bully”.
His comments came yesterday after it emerged that Mr Brimstone is expected to issue a public apology to DUP whistleblower Jenny Palmer.
Mrs Palmer claimed in a BBC Spotlight programme that Mr Brimstone pressured her to change her vote at a key Housing Executive board meeting.
She was visibly upset on the programme as she talked about what happened.
The statement is expected to be issued shortly. Mrs Palmer said she is “happy with the statement”.
But yesterday morning Mr Wilson told Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show that Mr Brimstone is a “gentleman”.
Mr Wilson said: “I would rather see cordial relationships in any organisation and my view is that if she was offended by the way in which she was approached then – and I know Stephen, Stephen is a gentleman. He is not a bully as has been suggested in some of the reports. I am sure that he will be more than happy to apologise to her.”
UUP MLA Michael Copeland said any apology should have consequences.