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Unionists must put on a united front in election

As the election approaches, I think it is vital that unionists learn the lessons of previous polls.

This is especially true in constituencies that find themselves under threat from anti-unionist candidates.

A Westminster election is not the time for protest votes and vote-splitting by wasting your ballot paper on also-ran candidates.

In some areas, that decision is helped by cross-party support. In East Belfast, Gavin Robinson defends unionism against Naomi Long (who's party conspired with Sinn Fein to remove the flag from City Hall).

In North Belfast, Nigel Dodds faces Gerry Kelly, Tom Elliott is fighting Fermanagh-South Tyrone, where unionism lost by a few votes the last time, and Danny Kennedy is in Newry and Armagh.

However, it is also vital, where parties haven't reached an accommodation, that unionist voters use their own wit and unite behind the unionist candidate who can win.

United we stand, divided we fall.


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