The DUP has closed the door on a former councillor who regrets quitting the party, it emerged last night.
Ballymena councillor Deirdre Nelson resigned from the DUP to join the Conservatives — and has now left them also.
Along with Peter McCann and Sheila Davidson, Mrs Nelson was regarded as a potential General Election candidate on the Tory-Ulster Unionist ticket, yet has severed her ties after nine months.
A senior DUP source said: “While a very capable and effective elected representative, Mrs Nelson has failed the loyalty test. There is no way back for her.”
The source said Mrs Nelson could have been a future North Antrim MLA if Ian Paisley jnr retains the House of Commons seat his father has held for 40 years.
Mrs Nelson is believed to be considering a statement over her unhappiness with how she was treated by the Conservatives.