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Elliott to run for UUP leadership

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott has confirmed that he will run for the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party.

The move by the long-standing UUP member was widely expected following current leader Sir Reg Empey's decision to stand down by the autumn.

The farmer and former part-time soldier is the first candidate to throw his hat into the ring.

Last week UUP deputy leader Danny Kennedy ruled himself out of the contest but Lagan Valley MLA Basil McCrea is anticipated to enter the race.

Sir Reg is standing down after the UUP's disastrous showing in the General Election when the party's ill-fated link-up with the Conservative Party failed to win a single seat.

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