New group is latest in line of attempted loyalist unity projects

 Loyalists listen to Tony Blair's former chief of staff Jonathan Powell at the launch of the new Loyalist Communities Council. Picture by Mal McCann
THE  Loyalist Community Council  made up of representatives of almost all factions of the three main paramilitary organisations - the UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commando - is just the latest attempt to unite those groups and push them towards disbanding. Part of a process started by UKIP's David McNarry 18 months ago, the LCC is said to have been set up with the aspirational aim of eventual dismantling of loyalist paramilitary structures. The group announced its aims yesterday exactly 13 years after the Combined Loyalist Military Command (CLMC) umbrella group made ceasefire s[...]

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