Jenny Palmer to stand for the UUP in Lagan Valley

Jenny Palmer during the UUP conference  at the Ramada Hotel in Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. 'Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Jenny Palmer during the UUP conference at the Ramada Hotel in Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. 'Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Former DUP councillor Jenny Palmer is to stand for the Assembly as an Ulster Unionist candidate, the party has annoucned.

Mrs Palmer, who quit the DUP earlier this year over allegations of bullying, will stand in Lagan Valley alongside Robbie Butler and Olive Mercer.

Mrs Palmer said: “I am delighted to have been chosen to represent the Ulster Unionist Party in Lagan Valley at the forthcoming Assembly elections.

“Nobody can doubt my track record of putting the needs of the electorate first. As they say in the Ulster Unionist Party, it’s country first, party second. “The electorate are fed up with under achieving on the issues that matter. I am looking forward to the challenge within Lagan Valley. Time for change.”

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said: “Lagan Valley is one of the constituencies where we will run three high calibre candidates and it says much about the strength of the local Association that we had a very competitive selection process that leaves other very capable candidates in supporting roles on this occasion.

“The 2016 Assembly elections represent an opportunity for dramatic change, after eight long years of failure by the DUP/Sinn Fein dominated Executive.”