The UUP have confirmed nine candidates and they’re meeting this morning to confirm the final nine.
Some people I’ve been speaking to say that the Tories could possibly make up only two of the last nine names. The Tories have found it difficult finding people, and moreso holding on to them. Consequently the vast majority of the candidates will be UUP people.
Is this such a bad thing? Does it say anything negative about the alliance?
The UUP have produced some good strong candidates (eg. Ringland & Nesbitt) who seem to embody the move to normal politics, but weighing down your ticket with unknown (deadweight) local Tories is hardly ideal validation of the strength of your new proposition. I don’t think anything is lost if only a few local Tories make it to the hustings.
Candidate selection hasn’t been well-handled to date. Can UCUNF now slap rosetttes on their people and get them out knocking doors with the minimum of fuss?