UUP signals it may not oust councillor who is repeat drink-driver

The UUP has suggested that a councillor who has been convicted three times for drink-driving could remain within the party fold.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 10th April 2016, 11:08 am
Updated Sunday, 10th April 2016, 11:27 am
Derek Hussey.
Derek Hussey.

Derek Hussey – who has spoken of his shame and remorse after being sentenced this week for his latest offence – is currently suspended from the party.

He has been given a driving ban, community service and a fine – though a judge in a previous case had warned him that he could face jail if he was caught again.

Councillor Hussey has made clear that he intends to remain in politics, and when pressed for what the party’s position is on the matter, the UUP said yesterday: “Derek Hussey remains suspended while he completes his community service.”

Derek Hussey was previously banned for drink-driving in 2011

The statement appears to leave open the possibility that he will return after that.

Derek Hussey was previously banned for drink-driving in 2011