Hutchinson elected PUP leader

Published Saturday, 15 October 2011
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The PUP has elected Billy Hutchinson as its new leader at the party's annual conference on Saturday.

The former UVF prisoner, who lost his assembly seat in 2003, was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two Catholic men on the Falls Road in 1974.

His appointment as leader follows Brian Ervine's decision to step down in June of this year, after the party's failure to win a seat in East Belfast in the Assembly elections.

Mr Ervine said the main reason for resigning was his need to return to employment.

He was elected as leader in October 2010 in the wake of Dawn Purvis's resignation after the UVF murder of Bobby Moffett.

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Graham in Belfast wrote (1,198 days ago):
Great news , i hope he carries on the hard work the PUP/UVF have done towards a lasting peace here in this part of the UK , just shows how courageous he is by taking on this demanding job , what with the on-going attacks from nationalists (especially in e belfast) and the concession after concession to SF/IRA , i really hope he can redress the balance and put Loyalism , and what it stands for , back in the spotlight for all the right reasons... he has the full backing of me and my family circle.
north belfast man in belfast wrote (1,199 days ago):
best man for the job should have had it sooner
george omagh in omagh wrote (1,199 days ago):
what kept them so long to elect him .He should have been made leader after the death of David Irvine .These two men helped put the P U P in the spotlight .He is an honest and no nonsence loyalist
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