DUP may not run in North Down…

It’s getting close to election time, and suddenly everything is an issue. Two questions floating about at the moment are: If, how, when or by whom Peter Robinson was selected in East Belfast… And in North Down, some local members are concerned that party headquarters are planning to give Sylvia Hermon a free run (they have been several warm contacts between the now independent MP and the party over the last six months)… Slugger understands that in fact decision has yet to be made, but it is by no means clear what effect that would have on the final outcome… No word on the East Belfast situation…

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  • dodrade

    I think Lady Sylvia will retain the seat in any case, but I would have thought it worthwhile for the DUP to stand just in case Parsley does better than expected, allowing Weir or Easton to come through the middle. But given how friendly things have become between Lady Sylvia and the DUP a free run looks likely.

  • Drumlins Rock

    what east belfast situation?

  • union mack

    If the DUP stand, the seat is theirs. Lady Hermon must expect a substantial drop in her vote with UUP loyalists backing the UCUNF ticket. Peter Weir polled 35% in 2005, and bearing in mind North Down is unlikely to be a hotbed of TUV activity, will probably hold onto most of this. If the DUP came out of this election with an additional seat to their name, that would be a massive blow to Jim Allister’s claims that the public are turning away in their droves from the DUP, and it would also mark an astounding political recovery from January of this year. Whilst thir vote may indeed drop, perception is everything, and a DUP gain in this election would be exactly the confidence boost the party would need to get on with making powersharing work, facing down the TUV, and ensuring that they come out on top in the next assembly elections. Standing aside for Hermon is a huge mistake. There is not the remotest possibility of a nationalist gain in North Down, so the ‘unionist unity’ excuse doesnt wash. It will be won by a unionist of some description

  • cynic47

    Union Mack

    And Irisgate etc etc has been put to bed. Pardon the pun. So the Lady will suffer a substantial drop in her vote but Peter’s will hold up? You wish!! Just watch where the UUP loyalists will place their loyalty.

  • cynic47, according to the Grapevine, further revelations about the developers unionist party are ready for the printed page. Presumably the election will affect the date of publication.

  • interested

    Alot of DUP voters are saying they will have no one to vote for if no DUP candidate runs, Hermon is a hate figure for them and they cant understand how she can be given a free run?

  • cynic47

    Interested

    I’m interested if you are speaking for yourself? You would appear to be putting yourself up as a representative of a whole lot of people. Is there something you are not telling us?

  • Drumlins Rock

    cynic, do you think “interested” is Peter Weir? 🙂

  • Drumlins Rock

    just joking!!

  • dodrade

    Lady Sylvia’s vote in 2005 was 16,268, more than double that of the UUP in North Down District council. That’s 8,000 non-UUP supporters she can count on even if every UUP council voter was to support Parsley (and she’ll probably keep most of them too). Parsley will do well to get 5,000 votes, and probably not well enough to let the DUP through the middle, hence the rapprochement between Lady Sylvia and the DUP. Perhaps Hermon was a hate figure for denying the DUP a clean sweep in 2005 but now she is the “enemy of my enemy”.

    Nevin, since iris-gate it’s been all smoke and no fire, i’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Impartial Reporter

    What I find most sickening is that elected representatives can so easily use judicial means to keep the public from knowing things that may well change their voting preferences (and may well change the political landscape for ever.)

    Democracy overpowered by a veil of legal hogwash.

  • interested

    cynic47

    Im a community worker and that is the message I am hearing, it seems to bother you alot so maybe you have your own agenda and maybe you might want to share it with us?

  • cynic47

    Interested

    Do you only work with DUP voters? What has the Lady done to upset all these people or is it only you she has upset?

  • UlsterScotty

    The DUP have been having their arses kicked in North Down, a seat they have never held and a council area they have never controlled, for quite a while so a tactical withdrawal in favour of la Hermon is little more than a recognition of the electoral realities, making a virtue out of a necessity perhaps? Does anyone really believe it’s being done to help Reg and the lads?
    My guess is it’s part of a strategy to shift blame for the inevitable drop in DUP votes, if not seats. If a North Down no show turns out to be true, it might be that one of Lady Hermon’s constituents, a certain retiring doctor, has had a hand in this.

  • UlsterScotty

    I am also curious as to how “interested” identifies those disaffected DUP voters.
    What kind of “community worker” solicits voting history and intentions?
    Nothing sinister there surely.
    Curiouser and curiouser!

  • Harry J

    The DUP have been having their arses kicked in North Down, a seat they have never held and a council area they have never controlled, for quite a while so .

    really? the DUP outpolled the UUP by 10% in both the assembly and council elections

  • Impartial Reporter

    Harry

    What are your thoughts on any politicians who would attempt to gag the free press to stop the truth from being presented to the electorate?

    If you are anything more than a spouter of DUP support then you should know the items which are being with held.

    Does that give you pride to support your party, because I can no longer call it my party.

  • UlsterScotty

    Harry J, your point being?

  • UlsterScotty

    2 out of 6 MLAs, 8 out of 25 councillors. I repeat, a seat they have never held and a council they have never controlled. I call that an arse kicking, you may call it what you will.

  • Mick, the TUV candidate has been announced: Kaye Kilpatrick

  • Paul

    North Down DUP are meeting this week according to the paper.

  • Procrasnow

    I will be so disappointed if they do not run in north Down.

    I was so looking forward to engaging with them about the attempt to get £1600 bed from low income taxpayers taxes. The lock keepers inn. The non apology to the gay community after the righteous was shown not to be so righteous etc etc

    I am glum at this news

  • cynic47

    Nevin

    Could be a factor in the rumours about the DUP not running. Maybe its not a standing aside?? TUV will take somewhere between 2000 and 3000 votes from former DUP voters and it is those who will reduce the DUP Assembly team to one MLA next time around.

  • Harry J

    If you are anything more than a spouter of DUP support then you should know the items which are being with held.

    Does that give you pride to support your party, because I can no longer call it my party.
    Posted by Impartial Reporter on Mar 26, 2010 @ 05:52 PM

    you seem to know what they are so please tell us all

  • Harry J

    I call that an arse kicking, you may call it what you will.
    Posted by UlsterScotty on Mar 26, 2010 @ 05:59 PM

    I call 35% of the vote as being the largest party in north down

  • UlsterScotty

    Harry J, you say tomato!!
    When twice as many vote for other parties, when there are twice as many non DUP MLAs, more than twice as many non DUP councillors and never ever ever a DUP MP, I understand why they might not have the swingers to stand and take what would be their third Westminster arse kicking.
    Or have those been DUP victories?
    I say double plus ungood.
    But what the hey, maybe they’re not standing for chivalrous reasons rather than a cynical electoral calculation that the embarrassment might be too great. Maybe they’ll claim a Hermon victory as a sort of Provisional DUP win. Also saves a head to head with the Half Pint.

  • interested

    Info

    The TUV’s North Down candidate in the forthcoming Westminster election is Kaye Kilpatrick.

  • LabourNIman

    Like I’ve said before, Bob McCartney should stand again. It would make it a hard fight and I honestly want one seat in NI to be fought hard by parties and won.

  • dwatch

    Any bets Kaye Kilpatrick TUV will get more votes than Ian Parsley UCUNF?

  • bohereen

    Have I got the story right so far,
    Hermon and Robinson have both selected themselves to run?

    Who will be Hermon’s party workers?

  • Impartial Reporter

    Harry

    If you don’t know then I feel sorry for you, because when I found out it cut the stomach out of me.

    23 years as a DUP supporter, good times and bad, I have never been embarrassed to say I support what we stand for.

    Until now.