Northern Ireland

UUP deputy mayor of North Down defects to DUP

Another Ulster Unionist councillor has quit the party to join the DUP.

Harry Dunlop, the deputy mayor of North Down said it was "not an easy decision" but the party no longer represented the unionist values he believed in.

The chairman of the UUP in North Down, Colin Breen said the decision would surprise those who were aware of Mr Dunlop's long held views on the DUP.

Mr Dunlop is married to Roberta Dunlop, who is also a UUP councillor in North Down.

She has declared her intention to stay with the UUP.

Last month another UUP councillor left the party to join the DUP.

The deputy mayor of Castlereagh David Drysdale said he had taken the decision because he had concerns about Ulster Unionist policies.