UUP suspend David McNarry for 9 months #mcnarrygate

Earlier this morning when I wrote Tom Eliott wielding scissors at the opening of David McNarry's Saintfield Advice Centre Opening

Neither has David McNarry gone away. I’ll be very surprised if one Strangford MLA won’t be spending next week sitting in the leader’s office in UUP HQ figuring out how the party can limit the damage the other Strangford MLA could yet still do.

… I didn’t expect that David McNarry’s disciplinary action would be completed quite so quickly. UTV, BBC and others report

The MLA David McNarry has been suspended from the Ulster Unionist Party for nine months. The party wrote to Mr McNarry informing him of the decision on Thursday. He was due to attend a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday but did not for legal reasons.

Mr McNarry resigned as the UUP Stormont whip in January after party leader Tom Elliot demoted him from the deputy chair of the education committee.

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