McClarty to take on Campbell…

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.