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Nesbitt and McCallister to contest UUP leadership

By Deric Henderson

The contest for the new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party will be between MLAs John McCallister and Mike Nesbitt.

Delegates to the party's annual conference in Belfast on March 31 will choose between John McCallister (south Down) and Mike Nesbitt (Strangford).

Danny Kennedy (Newry and Armagh), the party's only minister in the Stormont Executive announced today he would not be putting his name forward as a candidate to replace Tom Elliott.

He said: "A divisive leadership contest for the Ulster Unionist Party would not be in the best interests of the party."

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