Tories choose East Belfast candidate

Neil Wilson, 2015 Conservative candidate for East Belfast
Neil Wilson, 2015 Conservative candidate for East Belfast

The Conservatives have chosen Neil Wilson as their candidate in East Belfast for the May general election.

The seat could be the centre of a battle between the Alliance incumbent Naomi Long and a possible agreed unionist candidate.

Mr Wilson, who works for an IT company, was formerly a councillor in England.

In 2010, Trevor Ringland was a Tory-UUP candidate, who got 7,305 votes. The pact between the parties dissolved after the election.

Mr Wilson said: “It’s an honour to be selected as the Conservative candidate for East Belfast.”

He added: “In the run up to May, this constituency is likely to see a depressing, nasty scrap between old Stormont parties who have failed the area in the past. I’ll be offering voters something different.

“A fresh alternative, which puts Northern Ireland at the centre of UK politics, gives people here a meaningful say in who forms the next government and addresses the issues which make a real difference to people’s lives on a daily basis.”