Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Mike Nesbitt reshuffles in effort to unite party

Mike Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has carried out a mini-reshuffle of party posts in the wake of his sacking of John McCallister as deputy leader of the party’s MLAs.

Mr McCallister and former leadership rival Basil McCrea have both been given new responsibilities. The changes will be seen as an attempt to unite and refocus the party in what has been a turbulent week.

Mr McCrea retained his chairmanship of the important Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) committee and has also been given a seat on the Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) committee.

Mr McCrea welcomed the changes, saying: “I am pleased to have retained my chairmanship of DEL and I look forward to a wider economic role.”

Mr McCallister was placed on the Committee of the Office of First and Deputy First Ministers, possibly Stormont’s most important committee.

Mr Nesbitt, who chairs the committee, said: “I look forward to working with him on issues including a Shared Future.”

He added that Mr McCallister would also be joining the Committee on Finance and Personnel.

Mr McCallister said: “I am generally happy with the reshuffle.”

Other changes include moving Roy Beggs jnr into the vacant health position.

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