On Thursday’s constituency profile of East Londonderry, it was strange to see that every candidate was mentioned in the piece (including CISTA and the Tory paper candidate) except for the Ulster Unionist, William McCandless.
This is most unusual considering that in last year’s elections to the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council, the Ulster Unionists came within one seat of the DUP.
The results from the DEAs relevant to East Londonderry show that the DUP vote has dropped to below 30% for the first time since before 2001. At the same time, the UUP’s vote improved from 2010, and indicated a great recovery from 2011.
The deciding factor in East Londonderry could well be the circa 2,500 TUV votes. The TUV have not fielded a candidate, and only the two main Unionist parties are standing this year.
This election provides a big opportunity for change in East Londonderry, and last year’s election proves that only the Ulster Unionists can provide a credible alternative to the double-jobbing incumbent.
It is certainly not impossible for Mr Campbell to be given a scare come May 8th.