Swann yet to declare whether to stand

Thursday, 27 April 2017

NORTH Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA, Robin Swann, has yet to declare whether or not he will be a candidate in the constituency in the General Election on June 8.
Asked by the Guardian yesterday (Monday) for his intentions, Mr Swann declined to be drawn on the matter.
He said: Friday is our deadline for candidates to be chosen and that is when it will become clear."
Mr Swann produced a stunning personal performance in the recent Assembly Election polling 6,022 first preference votes - 2,437 more than last May - but still a long way short of what would be required to unseat outgoing DUP MP, Ian Paisley.
Mr Paisley, will be defending an 11,546 majority when North Antrim's 72,000 voters go to the polls.
He enjoys one of the largest majorities in the UK, but is not complacent about the poll and has already assembled his campaign team.
Mr Swann chaired a meeting of the party executive at the weekend when their two outgoing MPs, Tom Elliott and Danny Kinahan, were re-selected to stand in Fermanagh-South Tyrone and South Antrim respectively.
The party also unilaterally announced they would not be standing in West Belfast, North Belfast or Foyle.
So far the DUP has reciprocated by stating it will not stand against Mr Elliott.
Mr Swann was expecting to meet DUP leader, Arlene Foster, at some point to consider whether there would be any further co-operation in relation to other constituencies.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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