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Controversial former Belfast councillor Jolene Bunting holds small protest at Stormont

Former Belfast councillor Jolene Bunting was among those who took part in a small protest at Stormont yesterday

CONTROVERSIAL former Belfast councillor Jolene Bunting held a small protest at Stormont yesterday, claiming the voice of loyalism is not being heard.

Four people held a union flag and placards which read "two-tiered policing must end now" and "NI Protocol makes Belfast Agreement null & void" at yesterday morning's protest.

The protest came just before the recall of the assembly yesterday following several days of violence in areas including Belfast, Derry, Newtownabbey and Ballymena.

Ms Bunting, who was initially elected to Belfast City Council as a TUV representative in 2014, before leaving the party in 2017, lost her seat in 2019.

She went on to become associated with far-right group Britain First, although she has said she was never a member.

"We must have our political representatives representing us," she said yesterday.

"It seems the MLAs are going into the assembly to condemn and talk about what's going on in the country at the minute but none of them are trying to solve the problems that we have."

There was a small police presence at the protest.

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