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DUP whistleblower Jenny Palmer joins the UUP

By Claire Cromie

DUP whistleblower Jenny Palmer - who claimed she had been "bullied" by the party over the Red Sky contract - has joined the UUP.

Councillor Palmer quit the Democratic Unionist Party in May.

Today the Ulster Unionists announced Mrs Palmer - and her husband John who is also a Lisburn councillor - have joined Mike Nesbitt's party.

In a joint statement, Jenny and John Palmer said: “We have considered our options over the past few months and we have decided to join the Ulster Unionist Party.

"It has been like returning to the family home again. I would like to thank all our family, friends and supporters for their words of encouragement over the past year or more. It meant a lot and we will be forever grateful.

“We are re-energised, just like the Ulster Unionist Party, and we are looking forward to this new beginning in politics.

“Something that was an important factor in our decision was the courage shown by the Ulster Unionist Party.  They have led by example during what is a shocking state of affairs. We look forward to playing our part in the Ulster Unionist team."

Ulster Unionist Party Leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA, said: “The integrity of Jenny and John Palmer has been clear to see in recent months and I am delighted they have made their decision to join the Ulster Unionist Party.

“Elected representatives have to deal with the rough and tumble of politics on a daily basis, but people like Sammy Wilson went way beyond the pale during the Social Development Committee evidence sessions.  I have a great admiration for how Jenny and John stood their ground during what was clearly a deeply difficult and testing time for them.

“We have gained two very capable councillors today.  We are in growth mode and this is an exciting time for the Ulster Unionist Party.  Let’s see who else makes a move to a Party determined to put the country first and do what’s right for Northern Ireland.”

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