AN injunction stopping the DUP from taking further disciplinary action against its suspended member Paul Berry, pictured, was ex-tended in the High Court yesterday.

The assembly member for Newry and Armagh was not in court when John Larkin QC, for the DUP, said there was no objection to the injunction granted last month remaining in place.

Mr Berry secured the court order to stop the DUP going ahead with disciplinary proceedings against him after he was suspended following newspaper claims about his private life.

Mr Larkin said it was anticipated that there would be a “fairly expedited” hearing of the substantive issues in the case.

Mr Justice Weir adjourned the hearing until January 13.

Earlier this week Mr Berry’s solicitors, Madden and Finucane, said a libel writ had been issued against the Sunday World newspaper which initially published the allegations against him.

In an accompanying statement Mr Berry insisted he had no intention of resigning from the DUP.

“I intend to continue to represent my constituents to the best of my ability,” he said.