Three new Tory candidates stand down over rumours of Westminster pact…

Hmmm, call it snatching defeat from the jaws of victory… but three new Tory candidates (for South and East Belfast and Lagan Valley) were reported on the BBC as ‘standing down’, appears to be true… With the exception of Ballymena councillor Deirdre Nelson, all were relative newcomers to politics… two were women and two were Catholic… I am not sure what each were told by the party, but they clearly are not getting the same answers they were before the Hatfield House talks… They won’t be the only unhappy people if Cameron’s promise that he would run candidates in all 18 constituencies (unless of course the DUP is planning a merger before May…) proves not to have been worth the paper it wasn’t written on… We await to hear the *real news* if/when it follows…

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