Belfast Telegraph

Britain First meeting goes ahead after Belfast councillor leaves in row over finances

By Gareth Cross

Controversial Belfast City Councillor Jolene Bunting has left far-right group Britain First following a row over finances.

Britain First leader Paul Golding said in a statement that Councillor Bunting had been "proscribed" from the group.

Speaking on Twitter, Councillor Bunting thanked people for their support and said she was taking legal advice following the row.

The development came as Britain First held their first official meeting in Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Party leader Paul Golding was in attendance after his recent release from prison.

A number of members gathered in Newtownards on Saturday to direct people to the meeting.

They were met by a counter protest of around 40 people including UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt.

Councillor Bunting had appeared with Golding and his deputy Jayda Fransen at a number of events in Northern Ireland over the past year.

Fransen caused a stir in January when she gave a speech from the Lord Mayor's Chair at Belfast City Hall, while on a tour of the facility with Councillor Bunting.

She is currently serving a nine month prison sentence for religiously aggravated harassment and along with Golding, faces further charges in Northern Ireland.

Golding and Fransen are being prosecuted over speeches delivered in Belfast.  

The pair were charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words.

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