Big changes in the Belfast bear-pit…

BELFAST DUP councillor Elaine McMillen was expected to quit her party to take the UUP whip tonight, although her reasoning – “because the way the party [the DUP] was going to work with Sinn Fein” – seems ludicrous, given that the Ulster Unionists paved the way for Paisley’s party. Did she go? In other City Hall business, Vicky O’Hara reports that Ulster Unionist councillor Davy Browne has suggested a Sinn Fein representative as the next Lord Mayor. Obviously, his own party wants the post in the last quarter of the council’s life, and would presumbly get SF backing, so perhaps this isn’t so much a show of generosity as much as another sectarian carve-up… but I wonder what Ms McMillen thinks of his proposal!

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