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DUP members quit amid claims of purge against Poots opponents
Several DUP members in the South Down constituency have quit the party amid claims of a purge against those opposed to the leadership of Edwin Poots.

Newry, Mourne and Down councillors Kathryn Owen and Glyn Hanna and former Westminster election candidate Diane Forsythe, who is Mr Hanna's daughter, are among a number to have left the party amid a bitter row over the ousting of former leader Arlene Foster and the subsequent election of Mr Poots.

Their departures follow a vote to remove Mr Hanna as the chair of the DUP South Down Association at an AGM meeting at the weekend.

Defeated leadership candidate Jeffrey Donaldson said it was highly regrettable that "senior and valued members now feel the DUP is no longer a warm house for them".

Mr Hanna said moves to remove him and other office holders in the constituency represented a "purge" of those who voiced concern at how Ms Foster was treated and who supported Mr Donaldson in the subsequent leadership contest.

"I believe this is the beginning of the purge of anyone who spoke against the leadership so I encourage others in the DUP with decency and integrity to consider their position," he said.

Mr Hanna claimed there had been "open and unashamed bullying" by some in the party."

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