Martina Purdy reckons that the PUP was sustained through all the ups and downs of the last ten years largely on the charisma of its leader, David Ervine. Aside from the singular Bob McCartney, the PUP is the last of that plethora of unionist parties that came into the original Assembly in 1998.
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