And Robin makes three..

It looks like the rumours doing the rounds that no one but our councillor of the year Deirdre Nelson had put their hat into the ring was based more on lack of information, rather than any knowledge of affairs inside the DUP… Robin Newton has had his name in for some time. That gives us three named candidates: (Nelson; Newton; and Diane Dodds)… Nor, as Slugger understands it, is the party leaving it particularly late compared to last time. There were just four candidates back in 2004 and the selection meeting was held on 25th February 2005. So, in fact, they’re getting to it a few weeks early this year…

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