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Ukip convert Donna Anderson says local people take precedence over migrants

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

Donna Anderson has defected from the 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."

Last year Bob Stoker, a former Ulster Unionist lord mayor of Belfast, announced he was joining Nigel Farage's party.

Ukip leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry, also a former UUP member, said he was delighted with their latest addition.

He said: "Donna is committed and dedicated to her community and her country. A real people person who will fit well into the united Ukip team."

Meanwhile, the Strangford Assemblyman also played down reports of an apparent dispute with regional chairman Henry Reilly who has been suspended for three months.

Mr McNarry added: "The pr for the party is excellent. This is a good news story for Ukip. I hope that it will get bigger headlines than the nonesnse that has been reported which we couldn't answer to. I am sorry we couldn't answer to. We still cannot make any comment on that issue."

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