TUV reveal east election candidate
The TUV has unveiled David Vance (pictured) as its parliamentary candidate in east Belfast.
And in doing so, the TUV threw down the gauntlet to the First Minister Peter Robinson, and the DUP, who has held the seat for the past 30 years.
Mr Vance — a member of the chartered Institute of Marketing — said he was “honoured” to stand as a TUV candidate.
He added: “This is the moment for delivering real change and creating a fresh start in east Belfast.
“People are fed up with the sight of multiple jobbing MPs, mired in the Westminster expenses scandal, as they see their own jobs in peril.
“The TUV enters this contest to ensure there is a real choice.”
TUV leader Jim Allister added: “I am delighted that in this key battleground constituency TUV has selected a candidate of such evident ability and political strength.”
Responding to the announcement, the DUP’s Robin Newton said Mr Vance’s “commitment” to the area “must be questioned”, adding his “electoral priority” was Craigavon council, where he made a failed bid for a seat in 2001.
Since his announcement Mr Vance has also criticised the DUP on its track record in east Belfast, questioning “where have they been as unemployment soars, infrastructure collapses and business suffer?”
Again speaking for the DUP, Mr Newton described east Belfast as a “highly desirable place to live”.
He added: “The quality of life is made good by DUP supported investment in Titanic Quarter, Ikea’s decision to locate in the area, strong financial support for Bombardier, investment and upgrades to our roads network and the multi-million pound Connswater Community Greenway Project.”