TUV European Selection Convention- Jim Allister is the candidate

So, I wandered over to the Park Ave Hotel in East Belfast tonight to see the TUV announce as their candidate for the European election.

TUV Jim Allister to run for European ElectionThe party room meeting was comprised of around 170 people.

The evening began with a speech by the party leader Jim Allister, followed by a Q&A were delegates got the chance to ask questions about the upcoming elections.

I suppose the end result was never really in doubt but it was interesting to see how the TUV operates up close. Some notes, there were some younger people in the audience which I did find a bit strange as the TUV does project an older image at times.

I suppose the main question is can the party get that 66,000 votes that they were able to achieve in 2009. Going into this election, the party definately has the most to lose.

In terms of council candidates the party is aiming to run 50 across NI

Full audio of Jim Allister’s remarks here

Picture courtesy of Samuel Severn

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs