As an Ulster Unionist, I was delighted to see common sense prevailing in the Mid-Ulster by-election.
The recent photograph of Gregory Campbell and Danny Kennedy standing side-by-side in support of Nigel Lutton is very encouraging and what the vast majority of the unionist community are calling for – unionist co-operation.
Nigel Lutton epitomises what our new society should be all about: a young man whose life was undoubtedly shattered when his father was murdered by the IRA.
In spite of this tragedy, Nigel Lutton has moved on and built his life and is involved in helping other people who, too, have suffered at the hands of violence within the victim support groups.
A recent BBC Spotlight poll showed that up to 79% of the population are happy to remain within the United Kingdom.
The by-election in Mid-Ulster should be an opportunity for all its constituents to vote for a candidate who can bring representation to Parliament and the mainland once again (after an absence of more than 16 years) and have a real opportunity to bring much-needed investment, jobs and tourism to Northern Ireland.
I conclude by wishing Nigel Lutton every success in his election campaign and I hope that he will secure votes from all sections of our community for the betterment of the Mid-Ulster constituency.
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