UUP lose two committee positions
- Wednesday, 01 February 2012
The Ulster Unionist Party has had to withdraw from two Stormont committees following the departure of David McNarry from its Assembly group.
A statement from the party said it will give up its places on the committees for Employment and Learning (DEL) and Regional Development (DRD).
Due to standing orders one of these places will go to Sinn Féin while the other will be offered to Mr McNarry - who quit the group after being disciplined for speaking to the media about secret talks on unionist unity with the DUP.
Party leader Tom Elliott dropped him from his position as Deputy Chair of the Education committee, a seat which has now gone to Strangford MLA Mike Nesbitt.
The statement issued on Wednesday said: "It is for David McNarry to explain how the loss of a Stormont Committee seat to Sinn Féin - caused by his decision to leave the Ulster Unionist Assembly Group - advances the cause of Unionism."
The reshuffle will also see Mid Ulster MLA Sandra Overend join the Enterprise and Trade committee, and assume the role of party spokesperson.
The moves were decided during a meeting on Tuesday morning, the UUP said.
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