DUP member and former prisoner Gary Blair
also disagreed, saying a "conviction should rule everyone out". Mr Blair, a spokesman for the DUP's Ballymoney branch, said former prisoners should not be permitted to join the police service.
"A conviction is a conviction and it should rule everyone out.I would never put myself forward to join the PSNI," he
, the individual convicted of murdering my party colleague Malachy Carey in Ballymoney in 1992, is currently a leading DUP figure in Ian Paisley's constituency and has indeed led a campaign to see those jailed for the LVF sectarian double murder in Poyntzpass released," he