Sinn Féin suspends Billy Leonard, MLA, from party

Odd one this.  The BBC are reporting that Sinn Féin have suspended Billy Leonard, MLA, from the party due to a “disagreement over his support arrangements”. 

Leonard, and the party, announced in November last year that he would not stand as a candidate in the forthcoming Assembly election saying that there were “a number of other interests [he wished] to pursue, including writing a book.”

From the BBC report

East Londonderry Sinn Fein MLA Billy Leonard is refusing to comment on his apparent suspension by the party HQ.

Mr Leonard did not take part in the budget debate on Wednesday and has not been seen at Stormont recently.

It is understood he is continuing with constituency work, but has been suspended due to a disagreement over his support arrangements.