Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

UUP leader faces election challenge from cousin

UUP leader Tom Elliott

He is already under pressure after recent defections, but Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott is facing a new challenge — from within his own family.

For one of his opponents in the May Assembly election for the Fermanagh-South Tyrone seat is his first cousin Alex Elliott, who will be a candidate for Traditional Unionist Voice.

The addition of a unionist candidate could put the seat within Sinn Fein’s grasp.

The UUP boss — beset with internal criticism that he is allowing the party to drift — said: “It’s a free country, we have a democracy, anyone is entitled to stand and I have suspected this would happen for some time.

“But I am disappointed that in such a marginal area as Fermanagh and South Tyrone that the TUV would enter the field to further divide unionism.”

Former police officer Alex said, however: “My primary |battle is with Sinn Fein rather than a personal one, it is with a failed political system of governance administrated by both the DUP and UUP.”

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