UUP standing aside in North Down in favour of Lady Hermon

Sylvia Hermon is one of the most successful independent candidates in our local history at a Westminster Level.

She won the North Down seat in 2001, held the seat against a DUP surge in 2005, crushed her UCUNF opponent by double digits in 2010 and was safely re-elected in 2015. In 2017, she will continue her record as the MP for North Down.

Now the UUP are realising that it’s not worth the battle and are pulling out in favour of Lady Hermon.

The local candidate Alan Chambers MLA said:

“The Ulster Unionist Party has taken the decision not to stand against the previous sitting MP Sylvia Hermon in the forthcoming Westminster elections. This is a decision which I fully endorse.

Ulster Unionist Party Leader, Robin Swann MLA, said:

“Given Sylvia`s previous links to the Ulster Unionist Party, and the fact that North Down is a unique constituency, the Party decided to withdraw. Sylvia has enjoyed overwhelming support as the Member of Parliament for North Down.”

 

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  • Smithborough

    Interesting. UUP must be really short of cash to sit this one out…

  • Fear Éireannach

    At least one sensible unionist voice.

  • Zorin001

    You could raise Carson from the grave and run him in North Down and Lady Sylvia would still win.

  • Gopher

    Are the conservatives standing in North Down? Surely somebody has to contest the seat.

  • Ryan A

    Yep, Frank Shivers. Him and the usual fly-ins from London elsewhere.

  • Monarchist 18

    The unionists should try again at some form of electoral alliance. Don’t have too many unionists standing against each other and split the vote.

  • Zorin001

    Not what I have heard at all, in fact she went to great lengths to help out my mother and a friend who went to her with separate issues.

  • Paul Hagan

    It’s funny how North Down continues to be a place apart on the electoral map, even within Northern Ireland, even within unionism. It’s 40 years (forty years!) since the seat was held by a person with any party colleagues at Westminster

  • Paul Culloty

    Alliance running at any rate, would imagine Agnew’s standing for the Greens.

  • Lionel Hutz

    She’s gonna retire at some point. It makes sense for UUP to position themselves as the natural heirs to her votes when that happens.

  • mickfealty

    Makes sense though. She’s hardly anything other than a UU in name.

  • Smithborough

    The DUP are also running against her.

  • aquifer

    Have lots of parties standing against one another just like GB.

    Otherwise we are voting for the SFDUP doubleact and street trouble.

  • aquifer

    That will do it. And she votes with Labour when she must.

    Other Unionists are just Tory lobby fodder.

  • Gopher

    Is there daylight between Hermon and them on Europe?

  • Gopher

    Not sure voting with Corbyns Labour Party or infact that of Blairs or Brown in the past is beneficial to Northern Ireland.

  • Gopher

    There was plenty of alternatives at the last assembly election and we still got the double act and a collapsed executive. I would prefer to vote for a clear choice in this election rather than a party.

  • Granni Trixie

    But does she not take the Labour whip? At very least I think she votes more with Labour. Or am I completely wrong?

  • Kevin Breslin

    Her maiden name is Paisley is that a coincidence?

  • Kevin Breslin

    Would be interesting to see if either of her two children follow in her footsteps.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Would you be surprised how many times the other unionists vote with Labour rather than the miserly Tories over fiscal matters too?

  • Kevin Breslin

    Or Unionists could try to appeal to themmums and increase their vote like other democrats do in FPTP. Just a thought.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Possibly, Hermon’s Brexitscepticism is largely logistical and nation based… the Greens may have a more romaticized and internationalist view.

  • mickfealty

    Don’t think so. Big bad Bob would probably have done so too. We haven’t had an MP in North Down who has stayed whipped since Jim K was elected in 1970. The place is obviously ungovernable 🙄 ….

  • Gopher

    Which person from the DUP?

  • eireanne3

    are MP’s seats hereditary?

  • Kevin Breslin
  • Smithborough

    Alex Easton

  • eireanne3

    well I suppose it is – unless proof exists of a fairly close family connection to that Paisley

    http://forebears.io/surnames/paisley

  • Reader

    Chris Donnelly: Now the UUP are realising that it’s not worth the battle and are pulling out in favour of Lady Hermon.
    SF could do the same and for the same reason. Hermon is reliably a Remain supporter (She voted against invoking Article 50)

  • Reader
  • Gopher

    Do you think he will put the effort in to campaign, last parliamentary election he just seemed an afterthought.