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Hendron wins Alliance ticket

THE brother of SDLP MP Joe Hendron will be contesting the next

Westminster election in east Belfast.

Westminster election in east Belfast.

Jim Hendron, a founding member of the Alliance Party, will be hoping to oust DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson from the East Belfast seat.

Mr Hendron succeeds Alliance leader Lord Alderdice as the party's standard-bearer in the constituency.

He beat-off three rivals for the nomination last night _ including Lord Alderdice's brother, David.

Mr Hendron (64) is a lawyer and a former party chairman and president.

He will be hoping to overturn a DUP majority of almost 8,000 at the next General Election.

If the Ulster Unionist Party carries out its threat to run for the seat for the first time since 1983, Alliance's chances could be improved. A split unionist vote could help their cause.

Mr Hendron's brother, Joe, faces a tricky task in his West Belfast seat, at the next election, as he is expected to face a strong challenge again from Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.

The result of May's Forum election indicated that Sinn Fein is now favourite for the seat.

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