Considering the cordial relationship between Jeffrey Donaldson and Lord Molyneaux, and the latter’s ambivalent attitude towards his successor at the head of the Ulster Unionist Party, few will be surprised at his turning up in a DUP campaign photograph. But Martin Smyth’s presence in the political first timer Jimmy Spratt is by far the most damaging. It brings to the fore again the possibility that if the Unionist vote is evenly split, that the SDLP could square their likely loss in South Armagh with a minority win in South Belfast.
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