Closer than expected in UUP contest

The BBC are reporting a close, and probably closer than expected, first round of voting in the leadership race for the UUP. Reg Empey got 295 votes out of the 618 delegates present, but Alan McFarland has polled very well with 266 votes. David McNarry trailed behind with 54 votes and has been eliminated.. and it now goes to a second count. That’s a lot closer than Reg Empey and his supporters would have liked and indicates a party that’s still undecided about how to move forward. Update And Reg Empey has been declared the new leader of the UUPno details, yet, on how the second count went. Second count – Sir Reg Empey 321, Alan McFarland 287 [Thanks Tim]

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