Hopes fade for  Westminster by-election ‘unity’ candidate

Thursday, 5 April 2018

THERE appears little hope of an agreed 'unity' candidate emerging for the forthcoming Westminster by-election to replace the former West Tyrone MP., which will be held in 29 days time, Thursday, May 3.

Only Sinn Féin's Órfhlaith Begley, Stephen Donnelly of the Alliance Party and independent candidate, Barry Brown of CISTA, have formally announced they will be taking part.

The others expected to be in the race, the DUP, UUP, SDLP and the Green Party, have all delayed any announcement for various reasons.

Nominations open tomorrow, Thursday, April 5, and will close five days later, on Tuesday, April 10. The writ of election was passed by the House of Commons last Wednesday, March 28, which means the contest will coincide with the scheduled local elections in England.

This election will be the fifth in West Tyrone inside the past two years but the first by-election held during the 57th UK Parliament, which was elected in the 2017 general election. It will also be the first Parliamentary by-election held in Northern Ireland since the Mid Ulster by-election in 2013.


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