Former Mayor fighting for his political life

Thursday, 17 May 2018

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FORMER Antrim and Newtownabbey Mayor Thomas Hogg is fighting for his political life this week after it emerged that he has been charged with drink driving.
The 30-year-old was stopped by police on Belfast's Crumlin Road on April 29 - just 11 months after fellow DUP man Trevor Beatty was caught driving under the influence.
Then a serving rep, Mr Beatty was fined 400 and banned from the road for three years, before he swiftly fell on his own sword by tendering his resignation from council.
Councillor Hogg, who was awarded the MBE in 2016, will appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on May 25 when he is expected to enter his plea.
If convicted he will face an automatic driving ban - and his career in the political fast lane could hit the skids.
If found guilty few doubt that Mr Hogg - who has been invited to this weekend's Royal Wedding - could face a spectacular fall from grace.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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