As predicted by commenter ‘slug’ some time back, the NI Conservatives have just announced that they are running former UUP MLA James Leslie in North Down. Should add to an interesting mix in a constituency where the DUP are expected to easily hold on to their two seats, but where the UUP’s second runner Alan McFarland may struggle to hold. The high profile of Robert McCartney should see him back in too. Leaving Leslie to compete in a two or more likely one seat scramble for Eileen Bell’s seat between Alliance’s Stephen Farry, and the Green’s best hope anywhere for an Assembly place, Brian Wilson.
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