Northern Ireland

Ringland to decide on UUP future 'by the weekend'

Image caption Trevor Ringland will decide his future by the weekend

The Ulster Unionist, Trevor Ringland, has said he will decide his future by the weekend after a meeting with the new party leader Tom Elliott.

Last week, he threatened to leave the party within 48 hours unless Mr Elliott accepted his offer of two tickets for next year's All Ireland GAA final.

After a meeting on Tuesday, Mr Ringland said they agreed on a whole range of things but not on this issue.

He said he had "tremendous respect" for Mr Elliott.

Mr Ringland said that they would still have a good relationship whatever happened.

The former Ireland rugby international contested East Belfast in May's general election as the UUP and Conservative party joint candidate.

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