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UUP replaces drink-driving ex-councillor

A new Ulster Unionist councillor has been installed to replace a party colleague who quit after being caught drink-driving for a second time last month
A new Ulster Unionist councillor has been installed to replace a party colleague who quit after being caught drink-driving for a second time last month
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

A new Ulster Unionist councillor has been installed to replace a party colleague who quit after being caught drink-driving for a second time last month.

Keith Turner has been co-opted onto Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to represent Larne Lough DEA after the seat was vacated by Mark McKinty.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in his breath on July 5.

Upon receiving a three-and-a-half year driving ban and a fine of £400 the shamed councillor apologised for his "grave mistake" and said tendering his resignation was "the right thing to do".

His replacement, who failed to win a seat when he stood for the party in May's council election, has vowed to reach out to the community to champion local issues.

The military veteran, who also played rugby and cricket at a professional level, added: "As I am now retired I will be dedicating all my time to my role as a councillor."

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