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By-election avoided in Ballymoney

By Lisa Smyth

There will no by-election in Ballymoney to replace an outgoing councillor after council members agreed to co-opt a replacement.

Roy Wilson, who was elected to the council in May 2005, is to stand down from his position as a Ballymoney Borough councillor citing family, work and church reasons for his departure which, he said he had been pondering over for the best part of a year.

It was thought his departure would signal a by-election with the Democratic Unionist Party and Traditional Unionist Voice party vying for the vacated seat.

After announcing his plan to step down, leader of the TUV, Jim Allister, confirmed on a BBC politics programme that he would be fielding a candidate. However, following a meeting last night, the TUV confirmed an agreement has been reached on the matter — bringing to an end the possibility of a costly by-election and saving taxpayers thousands of pounds in the process.

Ballymoney Borough Council currently has seven DUP, three Sinn Fein, two UUP, two SDLP, one TUV and one independent councillor.

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