A new branch of the Progressive Unionist Party has been formed in Coleraine.
Party officers have been elected and preparations are being made for the forthcming Council elections. The branch has been set up to re-connect with Unionist grassroots, particularly the working class, with their local politicians.
The PUP point out that of the 22 councillors in Coleraine Council only one lives on a housing estate and he is a Sinn Fein member.
Branch chairman and election candidate Russell Watton told the Times: “The fears and the needs of working class Unionists have been sorely neglected by the main parties and we have not benefited from the comparative peace that Northern Ireland has enjoyed for the past decade.
“It is time to put people before party and country before politics.”