DUP councillor Nigel Kells resigns citing 'changes in personal life'
DUP councillor Nigel Kells has resigned from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council citing "changes in my personal life".
The Antrim-based representative was elected to the Council in 2014, and previously worked as a campaign manager for the DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly during her successful 2016 Stormont bid.
Since 2016, Mr Kells has been in a relationship with Gibraltar international netball player Meg Martinez, who earlier this month announced on Facebook the pair were engaged to married.
In a statement posted to his Facebook page on Monday evening, Mr Kells announced he would be stepping down next month.
"I regret to inform you all of my decision to resign my seat representing Antrim DEA on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council," he wrote.
"This decision has been made due to changes in my personal life that were unforeseeable when I stood for election in 2014.
"It has been my pleasure to represent Antrim and the DUP in my role as a councillor and to work for the party at Stormont and I will miss it greatly."
Mr Kells thanked the people of Antrim and said he would remain a member of the party, wishing the DUP success in next year's Council elections.
"I do not wish to continue to occupy my seat if I cannot give the people of Antrim the high level of representation that I have tried to give over my time in elected politics and for that reason I would prefer to give someone else the challenge of being a DUP councillor for the area," he added.
Mr Kells will remain in his role until the end of September, at which time one of his colleagues in the DUP will be co-opted onto the Council.
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