Lord Trimble hails 'bold move' over Opposition
Nobel Laureate Lord Trimble has backed the Ulster Unionist Party's decision to take on the role of formal Opposition in the Stormont Assembly.
The former Ulster Unionist Party leader threw his weight behind current leader Mike Nesbitt's decision on Thursday to pull out of the ruling coalition - despite the party being entitled to one seat at the Executive table.
Lord Trimble described the Ulster Unionist decision to go into Opposition as "courageous", telling the BBC: "It is a bold move but it's a move which I think reflects what was always going to be the case."
And Lord Trimblle added: "I think bold moves have to be taken now and again and people have to offer leadership.
"I recognise that in what Mike's doing and I salute him for it."
Lord Trimble's support for the move comes as a row broke out over seating arrangements in the Assembly chamber following Mr Nesbitt's decision to go into formal Opposition.