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    The DUP and UUP have chosen a unity candidate to fight Sinn Fein for Martin McGuinness's seat.

    The DUP and UUP have agreed to run a single candidate at the forthcoming by-election in Mid-Ulster.

    The context was sparked by the resignation of senior Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness from Westminster to concentrate on his duties as deputy First Minister

    Former victims campaigner Nigel Lutton is the agreed Unionist candidate.

    The DUP Mid-Ulster and UUP Mid-Ulster associations met separately on Thursday night and unanimously endorsed Mr Lutton.

    Victims campaigner Willie Frazer told the News Letter that he will not run against Mr Lutton. Ulster Protestant Forum leader Jamie Bryson also said he will not be running in the by-election.
    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/hea...tion-1-4790168
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    Quote Originally Posted by riposte View Post
    The DUP and UUP have chosen a unity candidate to fight Sinn Fein for Martin McGuinness's seat.



    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/hea...tion-1-4790168
    Jays, seems like everyone is playing the victem these days...

    Still wont get the seat though. Its interesting to see a unionist unity candidate.. maybe we'll be seeing a lot more of this as their numbers dwindle. Ill be interesting to see if unionism sticks together or splinters when they start losing power... in maybe 10 yrs time... or less
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    And John McCallister has just resigned from the UUP in protest with Basil McCrea to join him shortly.

    Shinners well over 50% in MU as it is and this Unionist tactic ALWAYS results in many SDLP voters jumping ship to ensure it doesn't work.

    Not really worth it Mike, is it?

    Lutton's father was shot dead by the IRA and a DUP MP once used parliamentary privilege to name SF candidate Francie Molloy as being involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5intheface View Post


    Lutton's father was shot dead by the IRA and a DUP MP once used parliamentary privilege to name SF candidate Francie Molloy as being involved.
    Yeah . that's why they did it ....... to run Lutton against Molloy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5intheface View Post
    And John McCallister has just resigned from the UUP in protest with Basil McCrea to join him shortly.

    Shinners well over 50% in MU as it is and this Unionist tactic ALWAYS results in many SDLP voters jumping ship to ensure it doesn't work.

    Not really worth it Mike, is it?

    Lutton's father was shot dead by the IRA and a DUP MP once used parliamentary privilege to name SF candidate Francie Molloy as being involved.
    Quote Originally Posted by riposte View Post
    Yeah . that's why they did it ....... to run Lutton against Molloy.
    Peace and reconciliation and all that, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ogiol View Post
    Peace and reconciliation and all that, eh?
    Well...it won't be boring ..... lol !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by riposte View Post
    Well...it won't be boring ..... lol !!
    Thats true, but obviously wont work on the unionist side as most ppl. are putting the troubles behind them.. well, not all (fleg smiley here)

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    The whipping up of the provo specter in Belfast by the DUP over that punishment shooting has nothing to do with this election at all I'm sure

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    Voting has ended and counting has begun as of 10pm. Results are due early tomorrow [Friday 8th March 2012]
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    60% of boxes tallied so far, Molloy now pulling well ahead. Figures are - Bullick: 1.8%, Lutton: 31%, McGlone: 19.7%, Molloy: 47.6%.
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    Fairly comfortable win for Francie Molloy:

    Eric Bullick (Alliance) 487 (1.3%)
    Nigel Lutton (Independent) 12,781 (34.2%)
    Patsy McGlone (SDLP) 6,478 (17.3%)
    Francie Molloy (Sinn Féin) 17,462 (46.7%)

    Turnout 37208 (55.7%); Spoilt 223 (0.6%);

    Interesting to see the steady decline in Unionist votes here. This used to be a DUP seat and Willie McCrea could command 19 or 20 thousand votes. Now even a "unionist unity" candidate can only scrape together 12K votes.

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    Curious place for this thread. Surely it should be in the Mid-Ulster constituency sub forum?

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    Meanwhile unionist blog SlabberO'Toole has called Mike Nesbitt the "real winner" of the Mid Ulster bye election. A curious spin on things.

    http://sluggerotoole.com/2013/03/08/...cted-unionism/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    Fairly comfortable win for Francie Molloy:

    Eric Bullick (Alliance) 487 (1.3%)
    Nigel Lutton (Independent) 12,781 (34.2%)
    Patsy McGlone (SDLP) 6,478 (17.3%)
    Francie Molloy (Sinn Féin) 17,462 (46.7%)

    Turnout 37208 (55.7%); Spoilt 223 (0.6%);

    Interesting to see the steady decline in Unionist votes here. This used to be a DUP seat and Willie McCrea could command 19 or 20 thousand votes. Now even a "unionist unity" candidate can only scrape together 12K votes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojo View Post
    Curious place for this thread. Surely it should be in the Mid-Ulster constituency sub forum?

    Its been a safe seat for SF now for a while though. I think there has been a slight decline in the SF vote though that could be due to MMG getting a personal vote boost.

    SDLP have gained a wee bit but are still a long way off. Indeed the unionist unity candidate got a good vote out (protestant areas had a higher turn-out) but was a long way off. I wonder if the decline in the unionist vote is due to demographic change?

    Probs should be moved dojo.

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