Basil McCrea yesterday refused to discuss the resignation of NI21’s second deputy leader – but instead headed to a party.
Yesterday morning the only person ever elected as an NI21 candidate – Lisburn councillor Johnny McCarthy – announced his resignation from the party, the second deputy leader to quit since the party’s creation in 2013.
Mr McCrea, who faces a tough battle to keep his Lagan Valley seat in May’s election, did not return News Letter calls about the departure of his deputy.
But in a video which he himself published online last night, Mr McCrea was seen dancing and joking at a party in Glenavy.
The Lagan Valley MLA said that the event was “great fun” and danced with a female party-goer in the video.
Mr McCrea said that the party – where someone can be heard calling in the background “where’s the shot glasses, love?” – was at the home of former NI21 chairwoman Tina McKenzie.
Cllr McCarthy said he felt better able to do his job “outside the party”.
Despite repeated attempts, no-one from NI21’s leadership could be reached yesterday – and its social media posts contained a raft of links to international stories, but zero about the dramatic developments unfolding in Northern Ireland.