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Seven TUV candidates 'will not split vote'

The TUV will contest seven Westminster seats at the general election, leader Jim Allister has announced.

Mr Allister, who is not standing, said: "With an average age of just 34, these candidates show that TUV is a party which is attracting a new generation of politicians who have rejected the old parties of failure."

He said it was "unfortunate" the party was not running across Northern Ireland.

"TUV is contesting safe unionist seats where the issue of a split in the unionist vote does not endanger the seat," he said.

The North Antrim MLA added: "Those who are fed-up with the constant pandering to republicans, the assault on our public services while bloated bureaucracy, useless north-south bodies and Stormont's army of publicly-funded spin doctors remain immune from austerity, will find a home with TUV."

The TUV candidates are Councillor Timothy Gaston in North Antrim; Councillor Ruth Wilson in East Antrim; party vice-chair Richard Cairns in South Antrim; Councillor Stephen Cooper in Strangford; William Cudworth in North Down; Gareth Ferguson in Mid Ulster; and party press officer Samuel Morrison in Lagan Valley.

Belfast Telegraph