Belfast Telegraph

McDevitt resigns over assembly breach

by Rebecca Petticrew

SDLP MLA for south Belfast Conall McDevitt has resigned from politics over an undeclared payment from a PR company.

The £6,750 payment was made to Mr McDevitt in 2010 from PR company Weber Shandwick.

The leading politician had been managing director at the company before resigning to move into politics.

He was elected to succeed the SDLP's Carmel Hanna as MLA in 2010.

Mr McDevitt confirmed his resignation via his twitter account, writing: "I have resigned as an MLA. It has been a great honour to serve the SDLP and the people of s Belfast."

The MLA had been at the centre of a storm in recent weeks after it was revealed that his wife's consultancy company was paid thousands of pounds for advisory work to support his role on the Policing Board.

Although JM Consulting was listed in Mr McDevitt's assembly expenses, it was not initially declared to be his wife's company.

Mr McDevitt maintains he did nothing wrong, saying his wife did not benefit financially.

As well as being on the policing board, Mr McDevitt also sat on Stormont's health committee.

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