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UUP steps aside in North Belfast in boost to DUP's Nigel Dodds
The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) is to step aside in North Belfast in the UK's forthcoming general election in a reversal of a pledge by the party's leader-elect, Steve Aiken, to run a candidate in all 18 of the North's constituencies.

It follows "abusive and threatening" phone calls which were made to the party's headquarters on Friday.

In a statement on Sunday, Mr Aiken said the UUP was "a party that believes first and foremost in the Union", and would not stand in order to give the sitting MP, the DUP's deputy leader Nigel Dodds, the best chance of holding his seat.

"In the face of Boris Johnson`s terrible deal which forces Northern Ireland towards the edge of the Union," he said, "we cannot gift a seat to Sinn Féin who support this direction either in North Belfast or Fermanagh and South Tyrone."

So its back to the more familiar unionist/nationalist divide dressed up as a rejection of abstentionism... Still, remainer unionists still have a credible Alliance party to vote for, and that could eat into Dodds' majority.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 04:39:11 PM EST
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