One of the tougher fights for the DUP in the next election will be in one of the most protestant constituencies in Northern Ireland – North Down. The party is currently applying gentle pressure to former MP Bob McCartney, to stand down in favour of their man Peter Weir. Weir, who after a short period as an independent defected from the UUP, hopes to unseat the current encumbant Lady Sylvia Hermon.
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