Tom Elliott can he lead?

Tom Elliot became a surprising story of the election with his outburst in Omagh and he is destined to be at the centre of things throughout the coming days.

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With his party achieving 16 seats and Alliance 8 as things stand the UUP will lose a ministry. That is unless he can tempt party reject David McClarty back into the fold.

Though as Mark Devenport notes the Alliance party could then try to cook up a counter deal with Steven Agnew.

Interesting days ahead and an immediate opportunity for Elliott to counter statements he isn’t leadership material.