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Drink driving councillor Thomas Hogg under investigation by local government watchdog

The Local government Standards Commissioner is investigating an Antrim & Newtownabbey councillor who was convicted of drink driving.

The BBC reports a complaint has been made about Thomas Hogg's conduct to the watchdog which oversees standards in local government.

The former mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey admitted drink driving in court in Belfast on May 25.

His lawyer told the court he got behind the wheel in an "act of kindness" to help a stranded friend.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £250 and later suspended from the DUP.

The Local Government Ethical Standards directorate is investigating Mr Hogg's conduct and will examine whether he breached the code of conduct for councillors.

The Belfast Telegraph has contacted the DUP to confirm if the complaint was made by the party or from outside.

Elected as a DUP councillor in 2011, Hogg served as Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey for two consecutive years from 2014.

In 2016 he was awarded an MBE for services to local government.

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