Word on the street (well, online news services) is that the DUP MEP Jim Allister will resign from the party at a press conference this
morning afternoon. 2pm update - he's gone. Allister succeeded Ian Paisley in the 2004 European elections.
On Saturday, as a member of the DUP executive, he voted against the power-sharing resolution.
Back in the early 1980s Allister was a European Parliament personal assistant to his boss, valuable experience for his present role. Having failed to win a Westminster seat, he was declined the chance to stand in the 1987 election when the DUP’s voting pact with the UUP meant they didn’t contest the East Antrim seat.
At this point he seems to have abandoned the DUP (resigned?) and gone back into the political wilderness. Or more accurately he left the political wilderness and settled back into real life. Absent from politics until he ran for MEP in 2004.
Today, it sounds like he’ll be quitting the party for the second time.