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Recent DUP recruit John Scott to retire from politics

A newly-recruited DUP councillor has announced his intention to retire from politics.

Councillor John Scott had been a long-time member of the Ulster Unionist Party, elected on the party's ticket to the Newtownabbey council in 2005 and 2011, and winning election to the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in 2014.

In 2009 he was elected mayor of Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Cllr Scott was unveiled as a DUP recruit at the party's conference in November alongside former Alliance party councillor Vasundhara Kamble, with the pair given a standing ovation by attendees.

Speaking to the Newtownabbey Times, Cllr Scott said he would be retiring from politics due to health reasons.

"I have talked this over with my family and because of health issues, I’ve made up my mind that now is the time. They wanted me to do it a long time ago.

"When I switched parties, I thought I’d still be in politics, but nobody can see what the future holds for their health."

He has said he intends to step away from politics in January.

After the announcement he had joined the DUP attention was drawn to Cllr Scott's previously stated views on same-sex marriage and abortion.

Quizzed on this after joining the party, he stated his views remained the same and he believed abortion law in Northern Ireland should be relaxed, and that he supported equal marriage - both positions which run contrary to those of the DUP.

John Scott could not be reached on Tuesday afternoon for comment.

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