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Former UUP leader quits committee after lockdown breach

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Former UUP leader Mike Nesbitt has resigned as deputy chair of a Stormont committee after he admitted breaking lockdown rules by visiting a friend in Portballintrae.

In a statement to the Sunday World newspaper he said it had been a “stressful and difficult period” and “unfortunately he had made some very poor decisions”.

Regulations advise against unnecessary journeys.

Mr Nesbitt has since apologised and is remorseful.

Steve Aiken, UUP leader said his colleague had made a “huge mistake”.

“Breaking the lockdown regulations is totally unacceptable, no matter who you are. The rules are there to help save lives. I have accepted his resignation as deputy chair of the committee for the Executive Office.”

Nesbitt was the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 2012 to 2017 and has been the Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Strangford since 2011.

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