Carole Howard Defects From Alliance To UUP

Alliance Party Councillor for the Titanic area, Carole Howard, has defected to the Ulster Unionist Party.

Announcing her decision to leave Alliance and join the UUP, Councillor Howard said: "I am really looking forward to working with Doug and all my new colleagues in the Ulster Unionist Party. This is the right move at the right time for me. I have pro-Union views and feel that I can now openly and comfortably express them to help promote a confident, progressive brand of unionism. I like what Doug is doing and I want to play my part in helping make Northern Ireland a more welcoming society for everyone.

"I will continue to serve the people of East Belfast on Belfast City Council and I would encourage my constituents to continue to contact me with any issues. I will use my past experience in local politics, working on the ground and my professional background to help build a true union of people in Belfast and beyond.

Welcoming her to the party, UUP leader, Doug Beattie MC MLA said: "I am absolutely delighted that Carole has decided to join the Ulster Unionist Party. Carole is exactly the type of elected representative we want to attract, encourage and promote. She has a long-established track record of dedicated public service and I am glad that she wishes to continue that public service with the Ulster Unionist Party.

"Carole's enthusiasm and experience will help drive change. I would encourage others who are thinking about it, who want to be part of a driver for change in politics and across society, to join the Ulster Unionist Party as we focus on the reality of creating a union of people across Northern Ireland."

Ulster Unionist Group leader on Belfast City Council, Alderman Sonia Copeland, added:

"It's great news that Carole has decided to join the Ulster Unionist group on Belfast City Council and I am really looking forward to working alongside her. She brings a wealth of experience and is well known as a hard worker for her constituents and beyond in Belfast. There are exciting times ahead and it`s very positive that Carole has come on board."

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