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Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Jolene Bunting

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018

Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting.  They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. 

UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt pictured outside Ards Leisure centre. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018 Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt pictured outside Ards Leisure centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018

Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting.  They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. 

A Britain First supporter takes a video of people involved in a counter protest. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018 Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. A Britain First supporter takes a video of people involved in a counter protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018

Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting.  They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. 

The counter protest pictured outside Ards Leisure centre. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018 Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. The counter protest pictured outside Ards Leisure centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018

Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting.  They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. 

Britain First members talk to the police outside Ards Leisure centre. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018 Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. Britain First members talk to the police outside Ards Leisure centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018

Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting.  They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. 

The counter protest pictured outside Ards Leisure centre. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2018 Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. The counter protest pictured outside Ards Leisure centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Members of Britain First gather at Ards Leisure Centre in Co. Down where they redirected supporters to another location for a private meeting. They were met by a counter protest and a small police presence. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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.

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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.

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Britain First leader Paul Golding (centre) at a rally outside Belfast City Hall.

Britain First leader Paul Golding (centre) at a rally outside Belfast City Hall.

Britain First leader Paul Golding (centre) at a rally outside Belfast City Hall.

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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