North Down and Ards Cllr Danny Allen leaves the UUP

No reasons cited, but it is thought that he was close to former North Down Mayor and MLA for the UUP Leslie Cree. It may be related in some way to selection issues in the run up to this election.

It’s thought by some that he was originally offered the sweeper role on the UUP team but that he refused it on the grounds that he felt he was being sidelined.

Awkward enough in what could be a tight fight for that second (Slugger Fealty predicted) UUP seat. But for a relative newcomer to politics it remains to be seen if it’s enough to affect any actual votes.

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  • AMORR86

    Daniel Allen resigned almost two weeks ago as it became clear he was not going to be selected. He was originally announced as a UUP candidate for ND in December ( only to then be quietly replaced by Christopher Eisenstat.

  • Msiegnaro

    Is this not quite an old new’s story?

  • mickfealty

    Oh dear.

  • Nevin

    The party explanation:

    Apr 11, 2016

    The Ulster Unionist Party has accepted the resignation of Daniel Allen, a member in the North Down Association and Councillor on Ards & North Down Council.

    A Party spokesperson said:

    “Mr Allen was keen to run for the Party in the Assembly Elections and a number of senior party officials went to great lengths to try to accommodate his demands, but ultimately those efforts were unsuccessful.”

    His comment back in December at the time of his selection was quite a brief one.

  • Brian wilson

    I find the whole thing strange..Allen was initially selected to run .Then Chambers joined and he was dropped. A UU insider suggested it was because of alphabetical order and Allan being first would attract voters who vote down the ballot paper.However I have no confirmayion of this.

  • chrisjones2

    Oh dear oh dear.

    The smack of firm leadership

    Publicly welcomed by Leader – with fulsome praise as a brilliant candidate. Then quietly taken round the back of the political bike shed and executed. With no explanation why – but bad enough to force resignation.

    What can possibly have wrong? Having a name starting with an A doesn’t seem too likely though given the fearfulness and vanity of some UUP candidates it might be enough.

    Did they get it wrong then? Well, if so is the leaders judgement that bad?

  • Granni Trixie

    Sorry to repeat myself but the only way to foreshadow this kinda damaging problem is for a party to have a fair selection system. Then if someone throws their toys out of the pram it is seen as just that not a protest which reflects badly on the leadership. .

  • Granni Trixie

    Who he?

  • chrisjones2

    “a party to have a fair selection system”

    come on Granni. This is NI. THE UUP, DUP, SDLP and SF all have the same nepotistic issues

  • Granni Trixie

    People have greater expectations of transparency nowadays (not you evidently). Surely this general trend is bound to impact on political parties too? Any member or rep worth their salt ought to be making a fuss if processes for selection are not fair. Top down isn’t good enough any more.
    A bit like in BCC where Alliance (I’m glad to say) has been pushing for minutes of meetings to be published so that the public can scrutinise processes and if declarations of interests are being declared (crucially, including planning).
    Its only a matter of time…change is on the way.

  • Msiegnaro

    I don’t mind internal party discipline, it works both ways too as members shouldn’t be able to jump ship so easily too.