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Sinn Fein's McCallion calls for Derry drink-drive deputy mayor to consider position

Foyle MP Elisha McCallion has said that deputy mayor of Derry Derek Hussey should consider his position after families who have lost loved ones in drink-driving incidents called for him to resign.

UUP councillor Hussey was given a five-year driving ban and fined £800 in 2016 after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

He had previously been convicted of drink-driving offences in 2004 and 2011.

Mr Hussey has been a councillor since 1989, first being elected to Strabane District Council, he served as Chairman of the council in 2007.

He also served as the MLA for West Tyrone between 1998-2007.

Earlier this month Sinn Fein objected to Councillor Hussey becoming chair of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Policing and Community Safety Partnership on the basis of his drink-driving convictions.

Two Derry families who had loved ones killed by people who were drink-driving have called on councillor Hussey to resign from his position.

Martin Gallagher's son Martin junior was killed by a drink-driver in Derry on Halloween night 2009, he told the BBC that if Mr Hussey refused to resign then council should force him to step down.

The sister of Robert Bradley, a Derry student killed by a drunk-driver in Nottingham said that Mr Hussey was not fit to hold the position of deputy mayor.

"To be mayor or deputy mayor of this city should be a privilege," Aileen Tester said.

"That privilege should be bestowed on somebody who is willing to uphold the office with the highest integrity. We do not feel he can do that in his current position."

Following the families comments Foyle MP Elisha McCallion urged Councillor Hussey to consider his position.

She told the BBC that he needed to reflect on "the mood that is out there."

"He should reflect on that and ultimately consider his position," she said.

Mr Hussey has said that he is willing to meet with the families affected to discuss the issues they have raised but that he will not be resigning from his position.

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