Veteran MP and former Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Martin Smyth is to step down as MP in the next Westminster election. Former Culture Minister Michael McGimpsey has thrown his hat into the ring early. But whoever gains the nomination, it will be a tough fight for the seat with the DUP, and moderate nationalist voters will be squeezed hard behind Alisdair McDonnell’s tough battle against former BelfastMayor Alex Maskey.
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