That old double mandate…

The one candidate, two constituencies argument is one that the UUP have been trying to float for some time now, and it looks like it has found some leverage in the press. Dan McGinn reports on David Burnside’s attack on two of the DUP’s highest profile members – Gregory Campbell and Willie McCrea. The issue is hardly likely to be central in voters minds. But can an MP who is MP and Councillor in two entirely different areas really serve both populations well? With the exception of David Trimble and Burnside himself, the UUP are one of the few parties to actively discourage the double mandate for their MPs and MLAs.