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Nesbitt is deluded over vote transfer strategy: DUP

By Noel McAdam

The DUP has claimed Mike Nesbitt is "out of touch" after a veteran member of his Ulster Unionist Party warned against any move to give transfer votes to the SDLP.

Belfast councillor Jim Rodgers went on social media to make clear that "under no circumstances" would he vote for the SDLP. His statement came after Mr Nesbitt revealed his personal intention to give his second preference vote to the SDLP candidate in East Belfast.

DUP candidate Joanne Bunting said Mr Nesbitt was out of touch.

"The divisions throughout the UUP have been highlighted for all to see over an issue which should be clear-cut," she said.

"It should be clear that voting for a nationalist party ahead of unionist candidates can only reduce the number of unionist MLAs elected."

UUP candidate Adrian Cochrane-Watson accused the DUP and Sinn Fein of colluding to keep the rest of the Assembly in the dark about the extent of the financial overspend in the RHI scheme a year ago.

"We know the First and Deputy First Ministers knew of the overspend in January 2016. That means both the DUP and Sinn Fein knew then as well," he said.

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