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Henry Reilly is an independent Unionist Councillor on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

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Reilly grew up on a farm in County Down and worked for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He joined the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), and was first elected to Newry and Mourne District Council at the 1989 local elections. He held his seat in the Mournes in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005, serving as Mayor of Newry in 2004/05.

Initially a supporter of UUP leader David Trimble, by 2004, Reilly was publicly calling for him to resign. In 2007, Reilly left the UUP and then went on to join the UK Independence Party (UKIP), becoming its first councillor in Northern Ireland. He was subsequently appointed as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Regional branch of the party. This grew from 80 members to more than 200 after David McNarry defected to the party in 2012; McNarry was elected as the new leader of the party in Northern Ireland, but Reilly kept the title of Chairman.

Under his new party label, Reilly stood in South Down at the 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly election, taking 2.7% of the vote. He stood again in 2011, increasing his first preference vote share to 5.6%, but he still missed out on election. However, he easily held his council seat at the Northern Ireland local elections, 2011, then, following reorganisation of local government, took a seat on the new Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in 2014.

Reilly stood as UKIP's candidate at the 2014 European Parliament election, taking seventh position, with 24,584 first preference votes. He also stood at the 2015 UK general election in South Down, coming in fifth place, with 7.1% of the vote.

Reilly resigned as NI Chairman of the UK Independence Party in August 2015. Reilly was then suspended as a member of the UK Independence Party in September 2015 for bringing the party into disrepute. After a period of suspension, UKIP's National Executive Committee formally expelled Reilly from the UK Independence Party in November 2015.

He then immediately joined the Traditional Unionist Voice, maintaining his seat on the council for that party. In November 2016, a year after joining the party, he resigned from it, citing the reason as having commenced employment with a charity which required him to be politically unaligned.The terms of the job permitted him to remain as an independent councillor. The TUV thanked him for his service to the party.

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