Cllrs Jenny and John Palmer quit the DUP

The Councillor at the centre of the Red Sky debacle had announced that she will leave the DUP along with her husband, John, who is also a Councillor in Lisburn.

The news was broken by BBC Spotlight who will be airing an interview with Cllr Palmer tonight on BBC One at 10:45pm.

Here is some of the back story from the BBC;

In July 2013, Mrs Palmer told Spotlight that she had been ordered by a DUP special adviser, Stephen Brimstone, to change the way she intended to vote at a Housing Executive board meeting called to terminate a contract with the maintenance firm, Red Sky.

The social development committee at Stormont launched an inquiry that was told by Mrs Palmer that she had rejected five draft apologies from Mr Brimstone and DUP leader Peter Robinson.

But she clashed with DUP committee member Sammy Wilson who accused her of changing her story.

The various hearings over the issue made headline news, but it was the famous clash between Stephen Brimstone and TUV leader, Jim Allister that left a lasting memory.

Obviously the disciplinary hearings pushed Palmer over the edge. Tonight’s Spotlight should be interesting viewing.


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  • chrisjones2

    If we don’t have honest Government, is it worth having?

    And who are these hangers on lurking in the shadows who seem to have so much sway? Why are they needed? What do they actually do? Why do we pay them more than the Ministers they work for?

  • Granni Trixie

    Signs of integrity in politics are a welcome antidote to cynicism and, given the day
    that’s in it, hope for the future.

  • kalista63

    Been a troubled day for the DUP

  • Mirrorman

    The impression I got from the media was that the local Lagan Valley DUP senior figures (e.g. Jeffrey Donaldson) gave Jenny Palmer a lot of support when the story first broke and effectively fought her corner within the party – which was why she stayed in the DUP up until now. Does anyone closer to the ground than me know if that support has decreased in recent times – which would explain her resignation.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Will it make a button of difference to the DUP? I think not…

    I feel for Mrs Palmer and her husband who clearly just want to serve their local electorate.

  • Catcher in the Rye

    It actually might cause them problems in Lagan Valley where both councillors are held in fairly high esteem.

  • Catcher in the Rye

    It’s possible with “the handshake” and Asher’s the DUP were going to discipline her today (being a good day to bury the news) and she resigned before they could throw her out.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Yes, I had certainly heard Jenny Palmer was appreciated locally. Also, unless she’s an Oscar winning actress, she’s a genuine, honest person, and that is what pisses me off most. I have little or no time for the DUP for obvious reasons, so when my generalisations are challenged by individuals such as Jenny, then she’s thrown to the dogs, it reinforces my hugely negative impression of the bigoted, corrupt social dinosaurs that is the DUP.

  • Granni Trixie

    Watch Spotlight to night – might give you answers.

  • kalista63

    Watching Brimstone and its blatantly clear that the DUP is a cult

  • kalista63

    The persecution of Ms Plamer and the objections to the BBC report reminds me, very much, of Scientology.

  • Dexter

    Poots’ text is a disgrace. It shows the sham of an assembly for what it is. We have a senior MLA and former Minister saying they support the victim but wouldn’t endorse a report because there is a SF chair. This calls for a PROPER inquiry.

  • kalista63

    Like Jim Allister would let that go.

  • chrisjones2

    Is it me or is there not a terrible stench about the DUP in general, especially at Stormont?

  • kalista63

    Remember all that stuff when they made the old Castlereagh council their Camelot? Like that.

  • BetsyGray

    Without doubt, not a good news day for the DUP

    “Sometimes it’s difficult to accept, to recognise one’s own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of overconfidence and arrogance, and I was punished for that.”
    Mikhail Gorbachev

  • Granni Trixie

    And Robinson Centre broken down and closed. Symbolic or what?

  • chrisjones2

    Toxic asbestos at the core!!!

  • chrisjones2

    You did say cult didnt you?

  • chrisjones2

    You can understand it – giving what goes on inside the DUP, the relations with developers and the internal tensions, anyone who dares tell the truth must be suspect

  • chrisjones2

    Well if anyone doubts Jenny Palmers honesty after that I will be surprised.The sort of politician we need but too often we are presented with thick incompetent biblical literalists whose main attribute is to do what they are told by the leadership and the shadowy figures who runs things behind the scenes

  • Granni Trixie

    Any idea which way might they swing if they give up Independent status?

    Only a guess,but looks like They might be attracted to TUV. I say this because on Spotlight they indicated that the DUP of Mr Pailsey was their ideal. TUV Woud be lucky to have authentic people join them and though I disagree with Jimbo on most things he too,is indeed,himself.

    Hold that thought:it did cross my mind watching Spotlight that the same JA who was castigating the DUP was the same person who dropped out of Westminster election in EB to ensure the pact won. Such are the contradictions of orange and green politics in NI!

  • Ciaran

    I wonder what people who are not from here would think? It is just wrong!

  • Sergiogiorgio

    I hate to say it but this seems a bit one sided. Any Unionists posters or Eds want to ride out in support of the DUP? Not even any whataboutery at present……

    Come on, we know you are out there…

  • AndyB

    Ah well, y’see, asbestos is usually safe if left undisturbed. It’s also very fire-resistant.
    (I am liking your analogy!)

  • puffen

    Will one of the Palmers be standing for the Assembly, assuming there is one?