Troubled UUP MLA ‘may stand down soon’

Michael Copeland
Michael Copeland

UUP MLA Michael Copeland is reportedly getting ready to stand down from public life.

The Sunday World said political sources had told the newspaper the East Belfast unionist “has agreed an exit strategy which will see him resign from his seat within the coming months”.

Mr Copeland had previously given an interview in which he revealed he had recently attempted suicide. It followed claims of an “inappropriate relationship” he was alleged to have had with a woman whom he had given work to at his Stormont office – claims which he strongly denied.

When the News Letter reported on the story at the end of the month, the UUP said it was “doing all it can to help Michael”. Mr Copeland has asked not to be contacted by the media.