So, according to the News Letter, Mike Nesbitt didn’t ask his constituency party in Mid Ulster whether they wanted a Unionist unity candidate, or not.
He may not have done much of the longer term math either, or calculated that the principle he’s ceding here is that his party no longer has any designs on have representation at Westminster.
As Sam McBride notes, unity candidate or not, this is a nationalist seat in waiting:
If the three unionist parties’ votes were added together from the last election, it would still only have been 31.9 per cent of the vote.
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