TUV to miss two electoral contests

The BBC’s Martina Purdy is blog-sitting for Mark Devenport and has been speaking to a “well-placed source” inside the TUV. [Turgon? – Ed] That source told her that the TUV have decided not to field a candidate in the Enniskillen by-election next month – which would confirm what Fair Deal noted from a previous Irish News report. The DUP have already selected Arlene Foster for that contest. And presumably the same source was responsible for the suggestion that they might have considered standing if a by-election was called in Kilkeel to fill the seat left by the sudden death of SDLP councillor Michael Cole. As it happened they won’t have the opportunity.