Former DUP Cllr Maurice Devenney has confirmed he will stand as an Independent Unionist candidate for Foyle in the Assembly elections on May 5th.
In February, Cllr Maurice Devenney resigned from the DUP, having earlier been suspended for allegedly canvassing support for the SDLP in last year’s Westminister election. That’s a claim he denied.
The Donegal born councillor was coopted onto the assembly as a DUP MLA for Foyle in October 2014, succeeding former speaker William Hay, but stood down himself the following April, to be replaced by Gary Middleton.
In a statement last evening, Cllr Devenney said this is the first opportunity he has had to place himself before the electorate in terms of an Assembly election.
He says he is standing on his record as a councillor for over 11 years, and will continue to work and lobby
as he has been doing, albeit on a larger stage.
Cllr Devenney says he has been overwhelmed by the amount of support he has received, including from a number of former DUP councillors and colleagues.
Picture – Cllr Maurice Devenney, pictured with former councillors and DUP party members, from left, John Henry, John Donnell and Annette Hamilton.