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How the unionist vote split in Upper Bann – and nearly cost Doug Beattie his seat

Mark Bain


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UUP leader Doug Beattie at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

UUP leader Doug Beattie at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

UUP leader Doug Beattie at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Late on Friday night, Upper Bann provided a snapshot of all the difficulties facing unionism.

With Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd safely returned to Stormont, an uncomfortable night lay ahead for two of unionism’s biggest hitters.


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