Northern Ireland

UUP deputy speaker David McClarty deselected

The Stormont Deputy Speaker David McClarty has been deselected by the Ulster Unionists in East Londonderry.

The party has chosen former Westminster candidate Lesley Macauley and the Coleraine councillor David Harding to fight the Assembly election next May.

Mr McClarty, who has been an MLA since 1998, said he was "devastated" by the decision of the East Londonderry election committee.

The UUP said the decision has to be ratified by its Executive Committee.

The East Londonderry election committee is made up of representatives from the local constituency association and the central party election committee.