This was fascinating. South Belfast, once an Ulster Unionist banker, now has a majority of non Unionist representatives. Five of the six elected MLAs all made it to ten percent. It’s also the most conspicuous block on the DUP landscape, and an abject failure of the party’s vote management. We understand that some time Friday pm, they abandoned the preformed schema, and began handing out Stalford 1 leaflets at places where Jimmy Spratt had been slated for the top slot. Michael McGimpsey only just scraped it. There may be some horsetrading ahead.
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