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Trimble return on the cards

The Trimble name is being heavily tipped to return to the ballot paper again following last week’s Conservative Party Conference.

But this time it’s the former First Minister’s wife Daphne who is likely to step into the election fray for the Conservative and Unionist party alliance.

Senior sources in both parties have confirmed that Lady Trimble’s name is being pencilled in for selection to fight a Northern Ireland constituency when Gordon Brown calls the General Election next year.

The most likely possibility is that the wife of the former Unionist Party leader will be selected to contest her husband’s former seat in Upper Bann, but a run in Lagan Valley — where the Trimbles live — or in South Belfast hasn’t been ruled out.

The mother-of-four is one of a handful of well known local women earmarked for possible selection as a Conservative and Unionist candidate as David Cameron fulfils his promise to contest every Northern Ireland seat.

Speaking to the Sunday Life on Friday Lord Trimble declined to comment on the possibility of his wife emerging as a Conservative and Unionist candidate for Westminster next year.

“Let’s wait to see what happens. Overall I am confident that the Conservative and Unionist alliance will mean gains for us across Northern Ireland.”

Belfast Telegraph