Ballymena based councillor Donna Anderson has explained why she left the TUV to join UKIP.
Cllr. Anderson, elected on the Traditional Unionist Voice ticket to Mid & East Antrim Council last year, said she had decided to sign up for UKIP because she felt empathy with their national stance.
“I have to stress that my electorate will continue to come first with me and I’ll be working as hard for them as ever,” she said.
She was joined at a photocall outside the Braid Centre by leading UKIP figure David McNarry who said Cllr. Anderson would be a valuable addition to the party’s ranks.
A TUV spokesperson said: “Obviously we are disappointed to loose anyone from TUV. Donna had never expressed any dissatisfaction to the party.”