DAVID McClarty has been selected to take back the East Londonderry seat from Gregory Campbell at the next Westminster election.
PA reported Mr McClarty on the UTV site: “I am looking forward to the challenge and while I realise that there remains considerable work to be done to encourage Ulster Unionists to come out and vote, I firmly believe that together we can achieve success.”
In the 2001 General Election the DUP`s Gregory Campbell captured the East Londonderry seat with a 1,901 majority from the sitting MP, William Ross, of the Ulster Unionists.
In last November`s Assembly election, the DUP stretched its lead over the Ulster Unionists, with a smaller turnout throughout the constituency.
The DUP secured a total of 11,091 votes, taking two seats at Stormont.
The Ulster Unionists received a total of 7,769 votes and also took two seats.
Sinn Fein`s Francie Brolly and the nationalist SDLP`s John Dallat also captured seats.