Can the new UUP leader put an end to the party’s inexorable drift?

Liam Clarke in the BelTel, frames the leadership contest within the UUP:

In its heyday the UUP was the party of the Union. Later it became, with the SDLP, a party of the peace process.

Since then it has struggled to define a new role for itself and support has drifted away.

It has flirted with the Tories, the DUP, and the SDLP and before that the PUP as it sought allies to halt its decline. At each stage it has lost members.

The three likely candidates for the leadership present three distinct visions for its future.

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