Progressive Unionist Party leader quits after street murder

The leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), which is linked to the loyalist paramilitary UVF, confirmed today she is resigning after the terror group was involved in a brutal murder.

The leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), which is linked to the loyalist paramilitary UVF, confirmed today she is resigning after the terror group was involved in a brutal murder.

Dawn Purvis, the only loyalist representative in the Northern Ireland Assembly, made the decision after Bobby Moffett was shot dead in front of shoppers on Belfast’s Shankill Road on Friday.

Members of the UVF, which is on ceasefire and was recently credited with decommissioning its weapons, were blamed for the killing after gunmen shot the 43-year-old over a private dispute.

Ms Purvis said today: “I feel that I can no longer offer leadership to the party.”

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