Love cheat DUP MP Simpson quits as Orange Order member
DUP MP David Simpson has resigned from the Orange Order after the exposure of an extramarital affair.
The Upper Bann MP had been a member of the loyal order for 30 years, serving as deputy district master of Loughgall Orange Lodge.
He was also worshipful master of the Houses of Parliament Orange Lodge.
The 59-year old businessman was a member of the more senior Royal Black Institution too.
His membership of that body has come to an end also, as its members must be Orangemen.
Mr Simpson had played a prominent role in issues of concern to the Orange Order in the Armagh area, especially over the Drumcree parade.
After last year's general election Portadown Orangemen welcomed Mr Simpson's return to the Commons, saying: "We trust that the parading issue especially in Portadown will be high on the agenda for the new Government."
But it was members of the Orange Order who eventually blew the whistle on Mr Simpson's affair with DUP councillor Louise Templeton.
The tryst was discovered by her husband after she lied to him about being on a work trip.
Mrs Templeton, who sits on Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, confessed to cheating with Simpson when challenged by her husband on her return.
It's understood a furious Mr Templeton then went to Simpson's home to have it out with him.
Both the Upper Bann MP and councillor Templeton have since permanently left their family homes and are now living elsewhere.
Over their 37-year marriage Mr Simpson and wife Elaine had built up a multi-million pound meat processing business.
In the wake of the revelations, there has been speculation as to whether Mr Simpson, a member of the Free Presbytarian Church, will also resign his Upper Bann seat in the Commons.