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DUP man Ian Crozier quits Belfast City Council

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Published 06/07/2011

A DUP firebrand who topped the poll in May has resigned his Belfast City Council seat.

Ian Crozier has stood down after 10 years to take up a position as chief executive of the Ulster-Scots Agency.

Mr Crozier, who represented the Castle and Oldpark wards in the north of the city, began his political career as a member of the Ulster Unionist Party.

He said the highlight of his tenure came just last week when he travelled to France to lay a wreath at the Ulster Tower for the men killed during the Somme.

However, he added: "I also spent two years chairing the development committee and, thank goodness, before the days where everyone is getting scrutinised.

"Thankfully I didn't have to worry so much. For the most part they were useful and the first State of the City conference was a real highlight."

Despite Mr Crozier's hardline stance on many issues, tributes were paid by politicians across the spectrum.

"All his friends in Sinn Fein are going to miss him," joked councillor Tom Hartley.

"When I first saw him he was a young DUP firebrand, but I do think he has mellowed."

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