Unity candidate accuses Mid Ulster councillor of ‘anti British bigotry’

SDLP councillor Denise Mullen's Facebook post has attracted unionist rage
SDLP councillor Denise Mullen's Facebook post has attracted unionist rage
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The unionist unity candidate for Fermanagh South Tyrone has accused a Mid Ulster SDLP councillor of “anti British bigotry” following a comment she posted on Facebook.

Tom Elliot hit out at Dungannon-based Denise Mullen for saying she was proud of the SDLP policy of “two flags or no flag”, before adding: “Even better than no British Flags will fly on council buildings under Mid Ulster council.”

Mr Elliot said on his Facebook page: “SDLP Dungannon cllr makes her priorities clear for Mid Ulster Council, “No British Flags”, any talk of equality is just cover for anti British bigotry, just the same as Adam’s Trojan Horse.”

His UUP party colleague MLA Sandra Overend, who is running for the position of Mid Ulster MP, dubbed the comment a “disgrace” on Twitter.

“This is a disgrace!” she said, “This says it all about the local SDLP in Mid-Ulster!”

Cllr Mullen defended her remarks on her own Facebook page, saying: “I thought it novel they had nothing else to do in the line of work but to read my Facebook comments.”

Tom Elliott at his official campaign launch at the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone

Tom Elliott at his official campaign launch at the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone

In a statement to this newspaper, she has since said: “I find it personally offensive that a former member of the British army regiment which were centrally involved in my Father’s murder and attempted murder of my mother would attack me in this way.

“Tom Elliot must understand the majority of voters in Mid Ulster don’t want the union flag flying over council buildings - after all we are living in an inclusive society.”

I find it personally offensive that a former member of the British army regiment which were centrally involved in my Father’s murder and attempted murder of my mother would attack me in this way - Denise Mullen