‘Uncomfortable’ Callan quits UUP
Thursday, 3 November 2016
COUNCILLOR Aaron Callan has spoken of his resignation from the Ulster Unionist Party, claiming that he had felt "uncomfortable within the UUP and its leader, given its drift further from, what I believe, are Unionist values and principles."
The Limavady man will remain a member of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council as a DUP councillor, following his defection to the party.
Said Mr Callan: "Some people may be asking why I have decided to leave the Ulster Unionist Party to join the Democratic Unionist Party. I have thought long and hard about this decision.
“It has become clear over the last 12 months that the DUP is now the mainstream unionist party. I have felt uncomfortable within the UUP, and its leader, for some time now given its drift further from what I believe are Unionist values and principles.
“The reason I stood for Election in 2011 and 2014 was my love and passion for my local area of Limavady and the wider East Londonderry area.
“I have been concerned for some time that East Londonderry was becoming irrelevant to the members of the Ulster Unionist Assembly group. This has disheartened me greatly, particularly at a time when so many other rank and file unionists are joining the DUP at grassroots level.
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