BBC News – Colin Houston resigns from UUP after suspension

Colin HoustonColin Houston was a member of the viewers on Wednesday night time’s Nolan Show and defended Belfast pastor James McConnell, who had made controversial remarks about Islam

An Ulster Unionist Party member who ran for election final week has resigned from the social gathering after he was suspended.

Colin Houston stood as a candidate within the native elections in Belfast’s Oldpark DEA, however he was not elected.

A UUP spokeswoman wouldn’t affirm if the disciplinary motion it took was because of his current tv look.

He was filmed on the BBC’s Nolan Show on Wednesday, supporting Belfast pastor James McConnell who had lately made controversial remarks about Islam.

During a current church service in north Belfast, the pastor described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic” and stated he stated he didn’t belief Muslims.

Mr Houston was a member of the viewers on the Nolan Show.

During the programme, he was applauded for saying: “The Christians are beginning to get up. We’re not having it any extra. It’s so simple as that.”

Mr Houston stated the media had “manipulated the whole lot (Pastor McConnell) stated”.

He went on to say: “Why do not you go to his church for six months after which come out and inform him he is a bigot? He’s not a bigot. He’s a person of God.”

He accused British politician George Galloway, a visitor on the programme, of “scare-mongering”, and advised him to go “away again to Britain”.

A UUP spokesperson stated on Thursday that Mr Houston had been suspended with fast impact, “pending an investigation into various points A:10 pm – Source: bbc.co.uk
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