Mike Nesbitt to run for Iris Robinson’s seat…

Hmmm… Might have been a tough run in for the current Victims Commissioner before the Robinson run in, but the Bel Tel are reporting former UTV man is in the running for Strangford

  • Paul

    Mick hes an excellent candidate a lot depends who the DUP put up rum-ours. I heard from reading another blog was Jim wells was in the running to stand as the DUP candidate my hunch is Jim would retain the seat for the DUP with a vastly reduced majority..

  • FitzjamesHorse

    That would really annoy David McNarry.
    But…..arent the Media supposed to be “republican”?

    Shome mistake shurely.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    I suggested Wells and Edwin Poots as the most likely DUP candidates if we choose to ignore the MLAs and prolly Jonothan Bell who is ambitious enough will get co-opted to Stormont.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Would it not cause a little problem for Linda Bryans……could she actually hold down a seat in UTV studio and be SEEN as impartial.

    Does actually work in Westminster..John Maples MP has a wife Jo Coburn I think at the Beeb. But in the hothouse of Norn Iron not sure it would work.

  • Paul

    I still think the DUP will hold this seat even with all the difficulties of the last few weeks.

  • I am a bit bogged down in technicalities here. The article talks of him being a UUP candidate, but of course (I assume) Strangford as everywhere else in NI will have a UCUNF candidate. Whether that candidate emerges from the UUP or Cons is the decision for the joint committee.

    What I wonder is will Mike Nesbit be seen from the UUP or Cons side of the CUNF. If he’s tory, all well and good. If he’s UU then I assume that the association will be told (persuaded?) that their selection meeting isn’t binding.

  • Paul

    What I wonder is will Mike Nesbit be seen from the UUP or Cons side of the CUNF. If he’s tory, all well and good. If he’s UU then I assume that the association will be told (persuaded?) that their selection meeting isn’t binding.
    Posted by Conquistador on Jan 19, 2010 @ 06:16 PM

    good post the whole selection has being a wee bit confusing. I suppose they are trying to make everybody happy.I heard on the radio this evening that the announcement on UCUNF candidates has being put back yet again.In north down they reported there hasn’t even being a date set for the selection of the UUP candidate.They report the tories are putting pressure on Reg empey to get a move on seems a fair comment to me.

  • My understanding is that the UUP have selected Phil Smith and Col. Heron who go forward to the leadership for interview, and the leadership shall choose which is the UUP nominee.

    So if the Nesbitt thing is to work (and it seems a good idea to me) then they either have to ‘persuade’ the two UUP PPCs to withdraw and Strangford UUP will be called to select again, and Nesbitt will go forward for this nomination. Then the leadership choosing him for the UUP, and the joint committee choosing him for UCUNF would be a formailty.

    Or, Nesbitt could seek the Cons nomination (to the best of my knowledge they are yet to select in Strangford) and get the UCUNF nomination at the select committee.

    Or maybe there’s a “third way” I’ve overlooked.

  • Paul

    my understanding is Phil Smith has being selected to go through to the joint committee as UUP candidate for strangford.So nesbitt as the poster says above could be the tory candidate to go through to the final selection.

  • DisgustedinDERRY


    “Would it not cause a little problem for Linda Bryans……could she actually hold down a seat in UTV studio and be SEEN as impartial”

    I have always enjoyed watching news, BBC N.I or UTV. I usually look at the presenter who is not speaking as facial expression gives personal opinion away easily.

    I have to say, in my opinion, Ms Bryans is far from impartial as can be seen from her reaction to the other news reader’s feed. Her co-presenter Mr Clarke is as bad if not worse, I think the lift doesn’t go all the way up in that block of flat if you know what I mean!!!

  • Paul

    The majority is 13 000 in strangford I think a tall order for any candidate challenging for the seat to over turn.

  • Peter Fyfe


    If we can have a police ombudsman who is married to an elected representative, is there much problem with a newsreader being married to one? Sure they only say what the politicians will let them away with anyway.

  • It was in the Sunday Life on Sunday and BBC News online yesterday – though I guess not talked about here. Though yesterday, Nesbitt wasn’t making any comment.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Mr Fyfe,
    This is indeed quite true
    But one might also add that Mrs O’Loan is English and not a nationalist.
    One might also add that Mr Nesbit would as an MP have a higher profile than a MLA.
    an of course investigating police (who are neutral) is quite different from interrogating politicians who are by their nature partisan.

  • Peter Fyfe


    There is no difference at all between being an MP and MLA in this matter. Are you suggesting investigating the PSNI was not politically sensitive? I had no problem with Mrs O’Loan doing her job and applauded her for it on many instances. I certainly will have no problem with Linda continuing to read the news. Mr Nesbitt done it for years without trouble even though he was clearly a unionist at the end of the day.

  • Marcionite

    “UCUNF if you want to. The lady’s not for CUNFing”. Lady Sylvia

  • slug

    People who read the news are entitled to their views – they must be quite well informed.

    As for whether Nesbitt can win. He is quite likeable. I think he could. Depends on how good a campaigner he is.

    The unionist electorate have a history of changing party abruptly.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Mr Fyfe,
    May I redirect you to my post #14 as you do not appear to have fully grasped it.
    I said that an MP had a higher profile that a MLA.
    I said that interviewing politicians was partisan and that the police were NOT partisan (perhaps you believe that they are).
    And you will note that in post #4 I indicated that the same arrangement WORKEd for Maples/Coburn and merely pointed up that I was not sure that it would work here.
    Good to see that you feel more definitive.

  • RepublicanStones

    If it means we get to see more of Lynda, Im all for it.

  • student

    Was surprised when I heard McNarry didn’t want to stand.

    Nesbitt may well be a good choice, if indeed he is the choice, though a bit gimmicky I reckon.

    Strangford is a winnable seat for the UUP, so the party needs to choose wisely.

  • LottaNonsense


    Where for goodness sake do you get the idea that ‘The unionist electorate have a history of changing party abruptly’??

    Since the foundation of the Northern Ireland state it has been bred into the Unionist psyche to vote UUP, and it’s taken the DUP over 40 years to build-up to their great victory in 2005. Even the 2005 victory was 10 years in the making if you look at the voting trends.

  • Eileen Calder

    Why would Linda suddenly change the person she is because her husband is an elected representative – she is not an extention of Mike but a woman in her own right with a brain. Since she simply reads the news how could she possibly influence it even if she wanted to ????

  • Secret Squirrel

    I’d be somewhat apprehensive about sitting on that seat.
    Surely they could just dump it and buy a nice new one.

  • granni trixie

    Am v. surprised that there is little or no comment on the significance of Nesbitt putting his hat in the ring for what it imples about his lack of committment as a Victims Commissioner,given it is only getting going.
    Do the other Commissioners have no confidence in the sustainability of the Commission’s work either? Do they know something we don’t? Is the plug about to be pulled?

    It will be difficult for Nesbitt to do his job with the Commission should his attempt to be an MLA not be successful.

    I had wondered what he had to contribute to the VC and now it is confirmed – to represent unionists. How sad.

  • Framer

    Nuala O’Loan not a nationalist?

    Get real.