Ukip expels former NI chairman Henry Reilly
A councillor kicked out of Ukip has claimed it is "a relief" to be expelled by the party.
Henry Reilly, the party's former Northern Ireland chairman, was informed of the move yesterday. It is understood to relate to a newspaper interview in which Mr Reilly criticised party member David McNarry.
The Newry, Mourne and Down councillor was suspended from the party in September. Ukip said it was an "internal party decision".
"At midday Henry Reilly was advised that resulting from his suspension a disciplinary meeting held yesterday took the decision to expel him from Ukip membership," it said.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Reilly said his departure was "inevitable".
"It was just impossible for me to go back," he said."It's actually a relief for me, to be honest. The party has changed incredibly over the last 12 months and certainly I'm relieved to be out of it."
In response, Mr McNarry accused Mr Reilly of indiscipline.
"He was suspended for three months for behaviour problems. It would appear these have continued and the party has expelled him," he said.