McNarry speaks out over UUP expulsion

Published Monday, 28 May 2012
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David McNarry, who dramatically resigned from the UUP's Assembly team earlier this year, has spoken out after being expelled from the party.

McNarry speaks out over UUP expulsion
Mr McNarry spoke to UTV about the events. (© UTV)

The Ulster Unionists were thrown into chaos in January when the Strangford MLA found himself embroiled in a very public fallout with former leader Tom Elliott.

Mr McNarry's party membership was suspended for nine months - then last Tuesday, a UUP statement announced he had been expelled following "further complaints".

He returned to Stormont on Monday, and when asked if his expulsion was inevitable he told UTV: "Should I have been the answer is no."

He continued: "Should I have been suspended the answer is still no. This is a party that I am afraid has gone a distance and it hasn't got much more to go.

"It's a very much changed party since the party I belonged to even a year ago and where it is going is beyond me so the inevitability probably rested in the hands of those who took the decisions."

Mr McNarry's resignation came after he was demoted from the deputy chair of the education committee.

It followed accusations by the party that he revealed details of secret talks to the media.

"I am pretty hurt about this," he admitted. "being in the party a long time and I don't like getting messed about, particularly in a most unfair and unjust way.

"I am not a vindictive person by nature. That's not my style. Okay I have a reputation of probably being a tough as old boots character, but I get in there and I fight my corner."

Mr McNarry now serves as an independent MLA for Strangford. He said he will be continuing that role in the future, with no plans to move to the DUP

"I can categorically rule out joining the ranks of the DUP," he continued.

"My future is to continue what I am good at and that is helping people. That is where I get the buzz, in my constituency."

© UTV News
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steve in donaghdee wrote (975 days ago):
why do the UUP always have the need to test the self destruct button.they insist on chasing good hard working politcians away from the party,this is not the party i have voted for all my life anymore,was nesbit afraid of a challenge for the leadership by mcnarry? who would prob make a far better job of uniting the party and maybe win back a few seats.its time it is all sorted out and agree the candidates for sth belfast and fermanagh s.tyrone
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