UUP to back Alban Maguinness for Justice Ministry…

Yesterday the DUP were running spoilers on the UUP’s expected announcement that they would be backing an SDLP candidate for the Justice Ministry. It’s thought by some that this was the ‘big announcement’ flagged up for 2pm Tuesday that failed to materialise. In today’s Newsletter Sam McBride reveals that senior party members argued for the SDLP man, because he was a barrister, and that if deHondt were reactivated, the next post would naturally fall to that party. As Gonzo noted yesterday, this would be something of a U turn on the UUP leader’s part. Hmmm… who would be a ‘moderate’…?

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