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Who is the real Doug Beattie?

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Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Doug Beattie leaving BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast, after a radio interview with Stephen Nolan discussing Mr Beattie's historic tweets. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Doug Beattie leaving BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast, after a radio interview with Stephen Nolan discussing Mr Beattie's historic tweets. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Doug Beattie leaving BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast, after a radio interview with Stephen Nolan discussing Mr Beattie's historic tweets. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

On Saturday morning, Doug Beattie was on the front page of the Belfast Telegraph because an opinion poll indicated he was Northern Ireland’s most popular political leader. On Tuesday morning, he was on the Nolan Show fighting for his leadership.

That’s because a trail of tweets — from around a decade ago — seemed to paint him in an entirely different light from the liberal, moderate, progressive unionist who has boosted the UUP in the polls and attracted a tranche of new candidates (quite a few of whom are women) to fight the coming election.


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