Former DUP Mayor handed council suspension after drink-driving conviction
A DUP councillor has been given a five month suspension from Antrim and Newtownabbey Council after being convicted of drink-driving.
Former Mayor Thomas Hogg admitted drink-driving in court in Belfast in May last year.
Hogg (30) was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £250 and later suspended from the DUP.
The Local Government Ethical Standards directorate carried out an investigation into Mr Hogg's conduct and decided to suspend him for five months.
The Local government Commissioner for Standards said that Mr Hogg was suspended after he "breached the local government code of conduct which states that councillors must not bring their position as councillor, of their council into disrepute," the BBC reported.
The suspension will begin on Monday 4 February and will continue until the end of his term of office.
Councillor Hogg said that he "accepted the sanction" and was "deeply sorry" for his behaviour.
"My conduct let down my constituents and party. It was wrong and will not happen again," he said.
The DUP said that he had been suspended from the party for eight months, but that suspension has now been lifted.
"The party notices the sanction, Councillor Hogg's fulsome apology and his commitment to ensure this behaviour is never repeated," a party spokesperson said.
Elected as a councillor in 2011, Hogg served as mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey for two consecutive years from 2014.
In 2016 he was awarded an MBE for services to local government.
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