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Former Tory Bill Manwaring rejoins UUP to run for seat on council

By Liam Clarke

Published 16/04/2014

Bill Manwarigng throws his hat in the ring
Bill Manwarigng throws his hat in the ring

A former member of the UUP who switched to the Tories has rejoined his old party to run for Belfast City Council.

Bill Manwaring, a former journalist and businessman, will be running in the Court area in the west of the city.

Mr Manwaring, who comes from Woodvale and lives in Ballysillan, has spent the last 10 months out of politics after the birth of his daughter Robin, who has spina bifida.

"I have really enjoyed focusing on Robin and I have enjoyed working with other families who have children with special needs," he said.

He rejoined the UUP last month. "I wanted to effect a change in an area like Court, which has some of the most socially and economically deprived wards in the UK. My best chance of doing that was from an elected office with a party which has a mandate and which has agreed to help me effect change," he said.

Mr Manwaring first joined the UUP in 2009 and ran for the party as a candidate in both the Westminster and Assembly elections.

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