And then there were three…

Third defection from DUP to UUP is Jim Kirkpatrick, who has already crossed the line the other way in the past… According to Ken Reid’s UTV blog he’s citing differences with Robinson over the the Executive’s handling of the economy… He also notes that “There is also speculation Limavady councillor Lesley Cubitt will be giving his support to the new Conservative-Unionist alliance.” Cubitt was one of the people said to be behind Robert McCartney’s illfated push for anti Agreement seats, and failed to make much impression… But it all adds a little to the momentum (isn’t this the kind of trick we usually look to the DUP to pull off?)…

O’Neill has the fuller dope (no offence!! ;-))…

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