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New Ukip councillor: locals before migrants

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 25/09/2015

Northern Ireland's newest Ukip councillor has said struggling locals should take precedence over migrants.

Donna Anderson has defected from Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) to Ukip.

Announcing her move at Stormont, Ms Anderson said: "As for the migrant situation - I think when people in our own country are having to use food banks and they are having to do without - our own country has to come first."

Ms Anderson, a single mother who had to give up work to care for her disabled teenage son, becomes the second Ukip representative on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, alongside Noel Jordan. She has vowed to "bring a touch of reality" to politics.

The UK Government has said it will take 20,000 refugees over the next five years.

Stormont's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said Northern Ireland could accept up to 2,000 displaced people.

Ms Anderson said: "I think Ukip gives a wider story. We already have trouble at Stormont where they can't organise their own finances, never mind take on the bigger issues of migrants."

Ukip leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry, also a former UUP member, said he was delighted to welcome Ms Anderson. He said: "Donna is dedicated to her community and her country. A real people person who will fit well into the united Ukip team."

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