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Derek Hussey disqualified as councillor over drink-driving convictions

UUP councillor Derek Hussey, former deputy mayor of Derry and Strabane Council, has three drink-driving convictions. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A veteran Ulster Unionist has been disqualified as a councillor for 15 months over drink-driving.

Derek Hussey, a former deputy mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, has three convictions for drink-driving.

The acting Local Government Commissioner for Standards, Ian Gordon, imposed the disqualification following a hearing.

The commissioner found that he had broken a section of the Northern Ireland local government code of conduct which states that councillors should not bring their role or council into disrepute.

The disqualification will begin at noon on July 16.

Mr Hussey's solicitor said he will appeal the decision.

A UUP spokesman said: "We have always been of the view that drink-driving is unacceptable and the decision today reflects that view.

"We will be taking steps to ensure that the people of Derg are well represented in Alderman Hussey's absence and will make no further comment at this time."

Mr Hussey was first elected as a councillor in 1989.

The hearing was told that Mr Hussey had drink driving convictions from 2004 and 2011 and March 2016.

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