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Co-opted MLA quits seat after five months

By Noel McAdam

A DUP Assemblyman is standing down - after just five months in the job.

Foyle MLA Maurice Devenney had replaced former Speaker William Hay, who left for a seat in the House of Lords.

There had been speculation for some time that Mr Devenney was unhappy in his new role as an MLA, but no reason was given for the dramatic U-turn yesterday.

It will mean another co-option for the party into Stormont, soon after the two-week Easter recess.

Mr Devenney intends to return to work as a councillor and said he would remain active in the party.

"I want to be able to concentrate on a number of local issues in the city. This is best achieved by being based in Londonderry," he said in a statement.

First elected as a councillor 2005, Mr Devenney held the position of Deputy Mayor of Londonderry twice in 2008 and 2009 and was selected to be Mayor for the 2011-2012 year. Party leader Peter Robinson said: "Maurice will continue to serve the electorate and the party as a councillor and will play a key role as part of the DUP team in Londonderry."

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