The Belfast Telegraph believes the UUP is facing a fight over its political future, suggesting that the DUP candidate’s coup might help create a split deep enough in the unionist vote in South Belfast to let the SDLP’s deputy leader, Alisdair McDonnell in through the middle. Hmm, of course the SDLP is facing its own problems getting the message out. Although one previously jaded insider told Slugger yesterday that the reaction to his party on the doorsteps was more positive than they’ve seen for some years.
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