Belfast Telegraph

We must cut links with UVF, says PUP chief

By Brian Rowan

Belfast councillor Dr John Kyle will tonight tell a Progressive Unionist Party meeting that its links with the UVF and Red Hand Commando are “unnecessary, inappropriate and politically damaging”.

It is the latest move in the fallout that has followed the UVF killing of Shankill loyalist Bobby Moffett in May — a public execution sanctioned by paramilitary leaders.

Within days Stormont MLA Dawn Purvis resigned her membership and leadership of the PUP and Dr Kyle stepped in as interim leader.

He does not intend to continue in the position beyond the party’s annual conference next month.

Members will meet at a Belfast hotel tonight, when there will be a one-item agenda — the political link to the UVF and Red Hand Commando.

“I’m going to argue for severing the link,” Dr Kyle told this newspaper.

“I will make the case that the continuing link with paramilitary organisations is unnecessary, inappropriate and politically damaging.

“The relationship in the past produced significant benefits to the peace process, but we are now living in a new era.”

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