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David Ford row clergyman Rev James L Tosh takes temporary leave

By Allan Preston

Published 17/11/2016

Forced out: David Ford
Forced out: David Ford

A Presbyterian minister at the centre of a row with former Alliance leader David Ford has left his congregation for three months.

The Rev James L Tosh of Second Donegore Presbyterian church near Templepatrick has temporarily stood down from his post over a new investigation into a disagreement within the congregation.

The row saw Mr Ford ejected from his role as a church elder over his views on gay marriage.

It has been reported that a replacement pastor has been appointed in the interim. Rev John Murdoch, clerk of the Presbytery of Templepatrick, issued a statement on Tuesday where he insisted the change was temporary.

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