30/03/2007

DUP member resigns over power-sharing decision

A founding member of the Democratic Unionist Party has resigned following the party’s decision to share power with Sinn Fein.

Roy Gillespie is the third member to resign in recent weeks. Confirmation that Mr Gillespie and his wife Ruby were leaving the party was provided in a letter sent to Ian Paisley Jr.

The letter stated: “It’s with a sad and heavy heart that I write my letter of resignation from a party that I loved and worked for, for over 30 years.”

He also claimed: “The DUP have joined hands with an unrepentant terrorist party.”

“My conscience and principles will not allow me to stay in a party which, I believe, has stepped away from all the principles it once held,” he said.

DUP MEP Jim Allister resigned on Tuesday saying he was unable to accept the party executive policy to power-share with Sinn Fein.

(JM/SP)

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