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DUP had chance to support a different vote

IT is distressing to hear the DUP talking about electoral pacts for Westminster in light of their talk, last week, of a "split unionist vote".

Especially when, not that long ago, they could have backed a system that would have allowed that vote to be transferred.

But while I was leading the campaign for the Alternative Vote referendum here in Northern Ireland, they were saying "AV does not treat all votes equally".

I have to ask the DUP: how does slicing up the Westminster seats between it and UUP not disempower voters? Voters will prefer one of those parties over the other and some who vote for one may not want the other. It is a pity the DUP has realised the error in its ways – three years too late.

STEPHEN GLENN

Bangor, Co Down

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