UU nominations for S Belfast close without McGimpsey or Stoker…

The South Belfast News has an interview with Paula Bradshaw who confirms she’s putting her name forward for the South Belfast UUP candidature. Meanwhile Slugger understands Bob Stoker has made it clear to the same paper that he will not be standing under what would in effect be an election to take the Tory whip. And Michael McGimpsey has announced this evening that he won’t be standing. There is one other candidate to face off against Bradshaw in January… who will the face Tory candidate Peter McCann in front of the joint committee…

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