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NI21 councillor Johnny McCarthy quits party

Published 29/12/2015

Johnny McCarthy, left, with NI21 leader Basil McCrea at their party conference
Johnny McCarthy, left, with NI21 leader Basil McCrea at their party conference
NI21’s only councillor Johnny McCarthy with party leader Basil McCrea prior to elections
Elected: NI21's Johnny McCarthy

NI21 councillor, Johnny McCarthy has announced he has quit the party.

The Lisburn and Castlereagh representative was the only elected member of the party following last year's council elections.

Serious post for once. After a long period of consideration I have decided to leave NI21. I feel I can work better...

Posted by Cllr Johnny McCarthy on Tuesday, 29 December 2015

He was the party's deputy leader.

Johnny McCarthy's election victory came hours after the party imploded just ahead of polling opening.

Senior members, the party chair Tina McKenzie and founding member and ex-UUP MLA John McCallister announced their decision to quit.

Mr McCarthy's election in Lisburn was the party's only electoral success despite targeting several seats.

This morning he announced he was leaving NI21.

He said he would remain as an an independent councillor until the end of his term, but has not made any further decisions after that.

The party continues under the leadership of MLA Basil McCrea.

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