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26/09/2021

BREAKING NEWS: Convicted drink driver Alderman Hussey steps down as local policing board chairman but refuses to step down as Deputy Mayor

Strabane Council Elections
Alderman Derek Hussey has stepped down from his position as Chair of the policing board following a vote of no confidence at today's full meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council but he refuses to step down as Deputy Mayor. Council Group Leader, Sinn Féin 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 Mayor, SDLP Councillor John Boyle, said he had been given a letter by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Leader, Robin Swan, earlier today. The Mayor 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. UUP's Mary Hamilton will now take over the role of PCSP Chairperson. Pictured above: The recently appointed Deputy Mayor and Chair of the policing board, Alderman Derek Hussey, has stepped down from his role with the policing board following a vote of no confidence. A letter from his party leader said Alderman Hussey was stepping down due to an 'increased workload'.

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