LOVE cheat DUP MP David Simpson who had a torrid affair with a married woman is standing down.

He first won the Upper Bann seat in 2005 and has been a member of the party for decades.

He had an affair with party work and councillor Louise Templeton (pictured here above).

It was later revealed Simpson sent her 11,000 text messages during their secret affair.

In a statement today, Simpson said: “In recent times it has been well publicised that I made a mistake that brought hurt to my wife and family as well as bringing heartache to another family.”

Mr Simpson said he was sorry for his “mistakes” and that his family had given him a “precious second chance”.

“These were my mistakes and for them I am truly sorry,” he said.

“I have learned from my failings and my wife and children have given me a precious second chance and together we intend to look to the future together.”

Before becoming an MP, Mr Simpson was a member of the Stormont assembly and had also been a councillor for the party.

He said the time was right to “pass the baton on”.

DUP leader Arlene Foster thanked Mr Simpson for his years of consistent public service to voters and the party.

“His service has been characterised by dedication to the people who elected him and his business skills and experience were used to the benefit of Upper Bann,” she said.

“I wish him well as he takes a new direction in life and I know that he will continue to use his many talents to the benefit of the party and the wider Northern Ireland cause.”

No one has yet been selected to replace Simpson.

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