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Swann unopposed to be new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party

Thursday, 30 March 2017

NORTH Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA, Robin Swann, is to be the next leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, confirming speculation that was circulating minutes after the first preference votes were counted after the Assembly election earlier this month.
Mr Swann extraordinary personal performance - he added 2,437 votes to the 3,585 he received last year - meant it was inevitable hew would be in the leadership frame.
At the time Kel;ls based Mr Swann said he would be consulting with family and party colleagues before making up his mind whether to stand or not.
But such was the scale of his personal achievement the former Public Accounts committee chair and chief whip was a firm favourite with party supporters for the top position.
Mr Swann, who was the only candidate when the deadline for nominations closed on Friday, will be formally ratified as leader at meeting of the party's ruling council in April.
He said he had support from across the Ulster Unionist Party for his leadership bid.
He told BBC NI's The Sunday News unionism needs "champions for the union."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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