The new interim leader of the PUP says he doesn’t know if the UVF-aligned party can survive the fall-out after the murder of Shankill Road loyalist Bobby Moffett.
And the east Belfast GP John Kyle has declined to comment on speculation that he and other party members are planning to join up with his predecessor Dawn Purvis in a new political group.
She quit the party last week after the UVF on the Shankill Road killed Mr Moffett in front of dozens of shoppers.
Mr Kyle (58), who joined the PUP 10 years ago, has said he expects more resignations from the party.
But speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, he gave his reasons for not following Dawn Purvis out of the PUP.
He said “These are uncertain days but I felt it was my responsibility to help steer the PUP through a time of inevitable turbulence.”
Mr Kyle said he couldn’t predict what lay ahead. “But I do know that the political project that David Ervine and Gusty Spence initiated 20 or 30 years ago does have a future.” he added.