Northern Ireland

Ulster Unionist Lisburn councillor defects to DUP

An Ulster Unionist councillor in Lisburn has defected to the rival DUP.

Alan Carlisle, who was elected for the first time in May, claimed his former party was "riven with in-fighting" and sectional interests were "endemic."

He also alleged: "The overall sense within the party remains one of drift and confusion."

DUP leader Peter Robinson claimed the move was made against the backdrop of a party "which cannot decide what purpose it exists to serve."

The DUP now has 15 members on Lisburn City council while the Ulster Unionists have four.

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