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Former UUP councillor threatens running mate with legal action after Twitter comments

Chris McGimpsey
Chris McGimpsey

Former UUP councillor Chris McGimpsey has threatened his former running mate with legal action after a spat on Twitter.

The former Belfast councillor believes Ben Manton defamed him in a Twitter post, the BBC has reported.

Mr Manton and Mr McGimpsey stood for election in the Lisnasharragh area, neither were elected.

It has been reported that Mr Manton has received a letter from a solicitor acting on behalf of Mr McGimpsey.

In an interview prior to the election Mr McGimpsey said he did not know his running mate.

"I don't know him. He was in the Conservative Party for years and he joined us I think about a year ago so I don't really know the guy, I've spoken to him once I think," the former councillor said.

Mr Manton then posted on Twitter that he wanted to "clarify" that he had been a member of the UUP "since January 2017".

"If Chris had actually attended any of our association meetings he would have met me plenty of times," Mr Manton wrote.

The BBC has said that both men have refused to comment further on the matter, saying it was being dealt with by their solicitors.

Earlier this year Mr McGimpsey was forced to pay damages to Stoke City and Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean after referring to him as a "super Provo".

Mr McClean, 29, issued defamation proceedings following the former UUP councillor's appearance on BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show in November last year.

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