No reasons cited, but it is thought that he was close to former North Down Mayor and MLA for the UUP Leslie Cree. It may be related in some way to selection issues in the run up to this election.
It’s thought by some that he was originally offered the sweeper role on the UUP team but that he refused it on the grounds that he felt he was being sidelined.
Awkward enough in what could be a tight fight for that second (
Slugger Fealty predicted) UUP seat. But for a relative newcomer to politics it remains to be seen if it’s enough to affect any actual votes.