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Thursday, 22 March, 2001, 22:29 GMT
Weir move over constituency meeting
Peter Weir:
Peter Weir sought at injunction over planned meeting
A planned meeting of the North Down Ulster Unionist Party Constituency Association was cancelled after assembly member Peter Weir was granted a court injunction.

The meeting was arranged on Thursday to debate a motion of no-confidence in Mr Weir as the party's candidate in the next General Election.

Mr Weir argued that the planned meeting in Bangor was unconstitutional and went to the High Court on Thursday afternoon.

The chairperson of the association Lady Sylvia Hermon said there would be a full hearing in the High Court on Friday.

Hearing

On 23 February, Mr Weir was suspended from the Ulster Unionist Party.

He was accused of consistently voting against the party line in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The North Down assembly member, an opponent of the Good Friday Agreement, was called before a disciplinary hearing.

A disciplinary committee suspended Mr Weir after a three-hour hearing at Glengall Street in Belfast.

After the hearing, supporters of Mr Weir said they intended fighting his suspension from the party.

They said they would also try to ensure he retained his position as candidate in North Down at the next Westminster election.

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