Two former Ulster Unionist politicians plan to establish new political party

Wednesday 27 February 2013 13.14
A new Unionist party is expected to be established in April
A new Unionist party is expected to be established in April

Two former Ulster Unionist Party MLAs, who resigned over the party's decision to field a joint by-election candidate with the DUP, are to form a new party.

Basil McCrea and John McAllister left the UUP after the party agreed on a joint unionist candidate for next week's Mid-Ulster by-election.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of Stormont Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as an MP.

The new party is expected to be established in April.

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ. Click here for Terms of use.