A Ballyclare councillor who quit the TUV to become an independent has now joined the Ulster Unionists.
David Arthurs was elected to Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council as a TUV candidate in 2014.
He left the party last week and has now become the UUP’s third councillor representing the Ballyclare area.
Cllr Arthurs said: “I am delighted to have joined my many friends and now colleagues in the Ulster Unionist Party. Like me they share a passion to ‘do what’s right for Northern Ireland’. Only the Ulster Unionist Party, under Mike Nesbitt’s astute leadership, has the strength...to bring about the fundamental changes that our province so badly needs.”
Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said: “I am delighted to welcome David back to the Ulster Unionist Party and look forward to working with him as part of our growing team of elected representatives. We have critical momentum, not just in Ballyclare and South Antrim, but across Northern Ireland as people yearn for an alternative to the 8 long years of DUP/Sinn Fein poor quality government.”
Ulster Unionist MP for South Antrim Danny Kinahan said: “I have known David for many years and have a great deal of respect for the quality of representation he has given the people of Ballyclare since his election in 2014. Following our terrific success in the 2014 council elections, and winning back South Antrim at this year’s General Election, this is another very welcome piece of news as we seek to make gains in the Assembly elections next year.”
South Antrim MLA Adrian Cochrane-Watson said: “Having been a colleague of David’s at Council for over a year I am really pleased that he has decided to join us. David is a hard working councillor who is active on the ground and I am sure he will prosper within our party. I look forward to working closely with David over the coming months and years.”