DUP members resign amid allegations of purges against Potts’ opponents

DUP leader Edwin Potts has denied carrying out a purge against dissenting voices in the party, after several members resigned.

He described the resignations of two of his party’s advisers in South Down as “marginal” but said he would “continue to reach out to the people”.

“I think it’s marginal but nevertheless I don’t want to lose anyone from the party and so I will continue to reach out to people to strive to ensure that we keep as many people as possible and get people to the party, and that’s a course of action that we’re going to engage in because basically the DUP is a group There are strong individuals and personalities but the first focus of all those personalities is to maintain the union.”

“We can’t do it in a split way.”

Mr. Potts was speaking on the Spotlight show that is scheduled to air Tuesday night.

Earlier, DUP Deputy Leader Paula Bradley dismissed allegations of bullying and sexism linked to the leadership contest that saw Mr Potts elected to succeed ousted Arlene Foster.

However, Bradley conceded that the controversial vote to certify Mr Potts might have been best conducted at a meeting of the party’s chief executive last month by secret ballot.

The Army of North Belfast, who was elected deputy leader in the same contest that saw Mr Potts take the helm, defended the party after three resigning members made a series of incendiary allegations.

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