John McCallister joins the UUP leadership race

This morning, John McCallister – UUP Deputy Leader of the Assembly Group – has thrown his farmer’s cap into the ring to replace Tom Elliott as leader of the UUP.

In a statement McCallister calls himself an “unashamed liberal progressive unionist” and makes a couple of his policies clear:

  • UUP shouldn’t be allowed to float into the orbit of the DUP.
  • If elected, the UUP would go into opposition at Stormont.

The question now is whether Mike Nesbitt (who managed Tom Elliott’s leadership campaign) will be racing out of the pits before Friday to join Danny Kennedy and John McCallister?

Update – adding links to this morning’s News Letter front page and John McCallister’s article.

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