Daniel Allen quits UUP amid differences with party
An Ulster Unionist election candidate has quit his party and stepped down from the race for the Assembly.
North Down and Ards councillor Daniel Allen was selected in December along with fellow councillor Alan Chambers and party activist Carl McClean.
At that stage UUP leader Mike Nesbitt described him as an "excellent candidate".
However, yesterday Mr Allen confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph that he has quit the UUP and will not be running for the Assembly.
The UUP has issued a statement confirming that it has accepted Mr Allen's resignation.
It hinted at a disagreement.
"Mr Allen was keen to run for the party in the Assembly elections and a number of senior party officials went to great lengths to try to accommodate his demands, but ultimately those efforts were unsuccessful," a UUP spokesman said.
Mr Allen said he did not wish to discuss the details of the fall-out at this stage.