From North Down to West Tyrone…

The Strabane Chronicle notes the absence of the candidate for West Tyrone (and North Down) Robert McCartney in handing in the necessary nomination papers:

United Kingdom Unionist Party Leader, Robert McCartney, has put himself forward himself to stand for election to the Assembly in the constituencies of both West Tyrone and Fermanagh South-Tyrone. The 70 year-old was not in Omagh in person to nominate, rather, an agent, Lynn Sheridan, handed in his papers on Tuesday afternoon.

The former MP for North Down is running “to give unionist voters an alternative to either the DUP or the UUP”, she said. Ms Sheridan [McCartney’s agent] was asked if Mr McCartney would oppose power sharing with Sinn Fein, she responded that, “he has concerns.”

BTW, check out the online poll on whether the Police need to do more? Currently it is running at 72.27 % saying no. This in a constituency where supporting the police led some to run risk to life and limb, time and again.

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