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DUP suspend councillor Thomas Hogg after he admits drink-driving

Banned: Thomas Hogg has served twice as Newtownabbey mayor
Banned: Thomas Hogg has served twice as Newtownabbey mayor

The DUP has suspended Councillor Thomas Hogg after he admitted drink-driving.

The former Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey was fined £250 and disqualified from driving for 12 months at Belfast Magistrates Court on Friday.

Hogg's solicitor said that the decision to drink-drive had been an 'act of kindness' in an attempt to help a stranded friend.

Speaking after Councillor Hogg appeared in court the DUP said it had suspended him from the party.

"The party is aware of the judgement. Thomas Hogg has been suspended from the party," a DUP spokesperson said.

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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