Nesbitt needs to worry about defections to DUP

Alex Kane
In an interview on NVTV a few days before the election, I suggested that the UUP should be able to win 18 seats, maybe even 19 on a good day. But, I added: “If they don’t hold South Belfast then they will do pretty badly everywhere else.” Well, they didn’t hold South Belfast and with just 87,302 votes (12.6 per cent) recorded their worst ever election result. They’re down to just one MLA across the four Belfast constituencies; and their share of the overall vote across Northern Ireland was down over 3 per cent from the 16 per cent achieved in the 2014 local gov[...]

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