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Nesbitt is UUP election candidate

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 17th Feb 2010 08:52:43

Former television presenter Mike Nesbitt has been selected as a general election candidate for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Strangford.

Mr Nesbitt is currently one of Northern Ireland's Victims' Commissioners but is now expected to resign.

He will have to go before a joint committee of the UUP and Conservatives, who are in an electoral alliance, for his candidacy to be finalised.

Strangford was held at the last general election by Iris Robinson of the DUP.

Mrs Robinson stepped down from politics in December following a BBC Spotlight programme which investigated her business dealings with her lover.

Mr Nesbitt is a former UTV presenter.

At the 2005 Westminster election the DUP had 56% of the vote in Strangford with the Ulster Unionists a distant second on 21%. There was a similar voting pattern in the 2007 Stormont election.

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