Claire Sugden will seek re-election in March

From the outgoing Justice Minister’s Facebook Page;

Firstly, thank you for your kind wishes throughout this dreadful, political crisis. I am overwhelmed that you have taken time to contact me offering support and encouragement. It tells me there is hope.

I never envisaged that less than a year into my mandate I would be defending my seat for East Londonderry. But I will, because last year I asked you to vote for me on the basis that I would work hard for you for five years. You did vote for me and I intend on keeping my promise to you.

I will again stand Independent because I see no other way that ensures that I can keep putting the interests of my constituents first.

I ask that you again support me and return me as your representative for East Londonderry.

I appreciate the offers of help with my campaign and if anyone else wants to get involved please PM me.

SUGDEN No1 #AE17

Claire

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  • Redstar

    She was basically a useless stooge

  • Ernekid

    Genuine question for Claire Sugden. What exactly have you achieved during your time as Justice Minister?

  • Teddybear

    I wonder how many MLAs in the last intake will now be in financial ruin having taken out loans on the security of 5 guaranteed years of fat salary?

  • Teddybear

    A good salary

  • wild turkey

    … and i was told she was an inspiring and empowering example to women throughout all free democratic countries and regions. shucks, wrong again.

  • articles

    Why has this been reproduced?
    Is Slugger endorsing this Manifesto Lite and Lord Kitchener call by Claire Sugden?

  • Ryan A

    Indeed as any normal person would do on finding better paid employment or getting a promotion. Even in the day that it’s in; it’s a bit nasty to start that type of talk around the prospect of people going into financial ruin as a result of this; many MLA’s are decent and they wouldn’t be there if they weren’t voted in. Depending on what you believe Civil Servants/SPADs had a hand in this and they won’t lose a penny over the mess. At least politicians can be held to account.

  • Ernekid

    many MLA’s are decent and they wouldn’t be there if they weren’t voted in.

    Bwahahahaha!!

    Oh wait you’re serious…

  • Ryan A

    Decent people at least and I said many, not all

  • Anthony O’Shea

    She didnt really have much time to achieve anything in Fairness

  • Roger

    Good question. It’s the most news unworthy post I’ve seen for as long as I can remember.
    Quality control needed much loved Slugger team.

  • Ryan A

    An Election = Silly season on slugger to be fair

  • David McCann

    Calm down guys

    She was speculating she was not going to run and I seriously doubt 7 weeks out this will shift any votes.

  • Anthony O’Shea

    David, is there any reason on Earth why Slugger or the media in general have not picked up on the Lucid Talk poll showing irish unity at 44% ?

  • Roger

    Fair enough.

  • NotNowJohnny

    Civil servants are held to account by their departmental committee. You won’t have missed both the economy committee and the PAC grilling senior civil servants over their role in the RHI scheme. So it is incorrect to imply that civil servants can’t be held to account for their actions.

  • articles

    Fair enough say I too.

  • North Down

    It showing people who wants a border poll at 44percent, Irish unity at 30 percent

  • hotdogx

    Anything that involves unionism shouldn’t be making news today!

  • SDLP supporter

    Either Claire Sugden and Gerry Mullan (SDLP) will be the incumbents best placed lose out in a five seater in East Derry. Only 5 votes separated them on the first count last May. Also, UUP ran two candidates last time, getting 8.3% of the vote between them, compared to Sugden’s 9.5%. UUP will, if sensible, will run only one candidate and will push Sugden hard, especially if they get a bit of an opposition ‘bounce’.

    A critical factor will be where Alliance (Yvonne Boyle) transfers go, if eliminated. 485 of her transfers went to Mullan and 435 to Sugden. If Alliance voters pick up on David Ford’s justified annoyance at Sugden’s inertness and passivity in the Justice ministry, the transfer might not be so generous this time. At the same time, it’s hard to see DUP holding on to three seats with a 36.9% share of the vote.

    My guess is: DUP 2, SF 1, UUP 1, SDLP 1. Losses for DUP and Independent Unionist. But what do I, or anyone else, know?

    Sugden seems a decent person, but the last eight months seems to have pushed her into something of a depression. Maybe that will appeal to the voters

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Nope sorry u are wrong there, its very clear. Look again.

  • ted hagan

    What a relief. Claire’s standing again, folks. Let joy be unconfined.

  • ted hagan

    Yes, I swear UTV’s Ken Reid was almost in tears as she told him the dreadful news in that earhshattering interview.

  • banana man

    Alot will depend on the choice for unionist voters in this constituency in particluar i imagine. 3 DUP, 2 UUP, PUP, UKIP, TUV, 2 Independents, 2 Tories and Alliance all to choose from last time out. I overheard UUP members at the count saying they were finished in East Derry after that result (#AE16), if there is less unionist choices this time out they may well take a seat.

  • Ryan A

    Aye, but when was the last time one was fired for incompetence?

  • J D

    Thanks for the chuckle and I’d point out that Sugden running now makes the selection process for the DUP quite tricky to game out. They could screw up badly and hand Nationalists a seat. Fingers crossed!

  • SDLP supporter

    Agreed. Last May, for some insane reason known only to themselves, the NI Conservatives ran two candidates who garnered 316 votes between them. The SDLP need to really up their game, too.

  • JOHN TURLEY

    She had plenty of time to set up the inquiry.

  • scepticacademic

    Not too many tears shed in DoJ after the assembly collapsed, allegedly

  • Gopher

    UUP I imagine will run one which means the margins will be incredibly tight for DUP, UUP, Sugden and SDLP. It all boils down to the opening score and Alliance transfers. It would truly be incredible if the DUP hold three. Its a no risk seat for SF to run two as their transfer discipline is pretty good. This is really a seat that Alliance should be looking to do well in.

  • Granni Trixie

    She’s a disgrace – seems to have bought into the AF model of ‘pretend it isn’t happening’

  • oval

    SpAds are temporary civil servants and when the Minister goes they go. Saying that wonder what the status of the Executive Office SpAds is without an FM and dFM – though the Junior Ministers (whatever they do) are still in place.

  • Anthony O’Shea
  • T.E.Lawrence

    Agree – She is Toast !

  • T.E.Lawrence

    FFS TB don’t be giving them ideas “Claim” or we will be paying for that too !

  • Granni Trixie

    And your point is..?

  • Ryan A

    Think you’ll find you need to vote the entire government out of office before the SPADs heads roll. I think you’ll find they’re very much centrally managed by their party as RHI has shown.

  • WindowLean

    Agreed, unfortunately for her she ended up looking like a DUP stooge. As others have said above it looks like she’ll have a tough fight on her hands to retain her seat.

  • Gopher

    I’m picking up a vibe that there is a genuine will to give the DUP a kicking over RHI and a host of other issues. I take it you see no such vibe from the nationalist population to put some hurt on SF? You see the DUP discomfort as an opportunity for nationalism as a whole? There are just about 2 nationalist seats in East Londonderry if the contest degenerates into the one you envisage it will be a near run thing to save both of those two seats.

  • Lord Coleraine

    Alliance hoping, perhaps with more than a glimmer of optimism, for a larger first preference vote than in 2016. Given Fordy’s criticisms of Claire, I would doubt she will avail of as many Alliance transfers as last year.

  • North Down

    That is members of a panel, only 1500 answered the question,probably the fast majority from a Catholic background, the true polls say about 20 percent want a UI now, if what you say was true sf would be all over it, and yes would be all over the papers and news

  • Anthony O’Shea

    OK so the figures do not make you happy and you obviously do not understand how polling works. I get that. Don’t shoot the messenger here.

  • Teddybear

    Will we appoint two clergymen to oversee the decommissioning of RHI heated chicken houses ?

    I wish I were a cartoonist. I’d like to create a strip named Sam Spads in honour of Sam Spade. Perhaps Sam McBride is our very own Sam Spads.

    I hope Pulitzer are watching McBride and Nolan. Sterling work

  • North Down

    Am a polster , thanks for the information

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Ya and my Granny is the Pope 😉

  • North Down

    out of 5000 plus members, only 1500 took part, think about it .I know how polling works thank you

  • North Down

    Did the members of the panel tell you that

  • J D

    I couldn’t tell ye the feeling on the ground, I’m still stateside and won’t be back home until later in the year. Now don’t go winning a border poll before I can vote in it!

    But yes, that whole constituency is dicey as all get out. The selection process game is a foot so let’s enjoy that for a week or two 🙂

  • back last year, Sugden was elected last count at same time (largely based on her first preference votes) as 1 SDLP and one SF – all in on sixth. DUP had other three. Not clear how you work out the DUP screw up? With five seats, if nothing changed (yes, yes, yes) it would be again within these three. Sudden got no transfers worth talking about from DUP or UUP. UUP didn’t get a seat. So while UUP might be more likely to transfer to Sugden this time, the maths suggest it isn’t likely to be a Unionist seat that drops. You need to cross a bit more if that is going to be significantly different.

  • SDLP supporter

    ‘…fast (sic) majority from a Catholic background’. There’s a Freudian slip in there somewhere, North Down, and BTW the word is spelt “pollster”.

  • Granni Trixie

    Interesting to see what selling points she uses to convince voters. Last time round she was independent building in the style of her Predecessor who was well respected. Now however she is is linked in the publics mind rightly or wrongly more with a DUP project which went badly wrong. Hopefully however she will not try to distract as the DUP are with sectarian point scoring.

    She is sure to have to answer for how well she did the Justice job. Apart from that as I indicate I will be fascinated to hear her election speil.

  • SDLP supporter

    My dictionary defines ‘polster’ as a cushion plant. Is that what you are, North Down?

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Why dont you take it up with the polling company. Send them an email for clarification.

  • J D

    And the variable is the DUP voter enthusiasm that makes deciding on 2 or 3 candidates for the DUP so problematical.

  • grumpy oul man

    Why vote for her when you can vote for the party that pulls her strings.

  • Brendan Heading

    Projecting the last set of results onto a five seater, nationalists would have been coming in with a hair over two quotas.

    There is absolutely no way that Sugden being in or out introduces the possibility of nationalists being in with a chance of a third seat.

  • North Down

    Well done , you slow 2 and rude,wasn’t a proper poll he only gets one L,

  • Brendan Heading

    Sugden’s cheerful adoption of the Justice role, which she openly admitted came at no cost to the DUP-SF coalition, undermined sensible efforts to try to seek reforms in the way this country is governed. She made no attempts to stamp her own perspective on the ministry, because she entered the job without any policy position, without any clue about how to do it, and clearly in hock to the DUP whose political interests she acted to protect at every juncture.

    Sugden acted selfishly, is a traitor to good government, and needs loses her seat.

    If I were voting in East Derry it would be Alliance-Green-SDLP-UUP-Tory. Since the Greens and Tories get eliminated early on I suspect my vote would rest with the Stoops.

  • Brendan Heading

    The UUP’s decision to deselect the immensely popular and decent David McClarty (RIP) must rank as one of the most ridiculous electoral decisions taken by any political party in recent years.

  • Croiteir

    They were wearing gutties otherwise they would not be so fast………. I’ll get me coat.

  • J D

    “Absolutely no way” is a bit strong and quarer f*ups have happened in more straightforward circumstances. But you are probably right here and we’ll soon find out.

  • Liggy85

    Stooge would be right. She’s been in Arlene’s pocket since last May and claimed to be independant. She needs replaced.

  • Lord Coleraine

    Yes that seemed to be the mood amongst UUP supporters at the East Derry count. I thought they were being a bit unfair to themselves tbh. I said to them that the DUP would eventually take a tumble. I didn’t realise it would happen within eight months! (potentially) Also, didn’t bank of Claire jumping head first into the Justice Ministry and making a dog’s dinner of it.
    All to play for!