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David McIlveen: Former DUP MLA backs UUP candidate

Former DUP MLA David McIlveen has backed an Ulster Unionist candidate

FORMER DUP MLA David McIlveen has said he will back an Ulster Unionist candidate in his former constituency.

Mr McIlveen announced he will vote for the UUP's Robin Swann in North Antrim.

Mr Swann tweeted yesterday: "Pleased to receive David McIlveen's personal support & endorsement for Thursday's election in North Antrim".

Mr McIlveen, a son of high-profile Free Presbyterian minister Rev David McIlveen, told the Belfast Telegraph he was "outside the (DUP) tent now".

"Robin and I joined the Assembly at around about the same time and I believe he works very hard for the area and to me this is about who best represents the area," he said.

In January, Mr McIlveen broke party ranks to criticise DUP leader Arlene Foster over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal.

Mr McIlveen said Mrs Foster had "seriously misjudged" public anger and called the botched scheme an "omnishambles".

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