07 Oct 2022

UUP Councillor Derek Hussey disqualified from local government post

Ulster Unionist Party representative Derek Hussey has been disqualified from sitting on Derry City and Strabane District Council for a period of 15 months. Mr Hussey was removed from public representation after a hearing today at the offices of the Local Government Commissioner for Standards in Belfast. The disqualification is in relation to his drink driving convictions. However, Mr Hussey's solicitor has said that he will appeal the decision. The UUP man who represents the Derg District Electoral Area on the local authority previously served a term as Deputy Mayor and Chair of the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership. The hearing into his conduct took place because of complaints by people who lost relatives to drink drivers and the period of disqualification is scheduled to take effect at noon on July 15. In June 2018,  Sinn Fein Council Group Leader, Councillor Sandra Duffy, proposed a motion of no confidence in UUP Alderman Hussey due to his three previous drink driving convictions, calling on him to step down from his position as Chair of the Policing Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and as Deputy Mayor. She said that, following calls from local families bereaved by drink drivers, he had 'lost the confidence of the wider public.' The motion was seconded by SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney who said the families had been left 'heartbroken' and called on Alderman Hussey to 'do the right thing'. At that point, the then Mayor, SDLP Councillor John Boyle, said he had been given a letter by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Leader, Robin Swan. Mr Boyle then asked Chief Executive, John Kelpie, to read the letter to council. The letter said that Alderman Hussey was to resign from the post as Chair of the PCSP due to an 'increased workload' as a result of taking on the role of Deputy Mayor on top of his work as an elected representative. CAPTION: Derek Hussey.

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