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MP of rock... will Flash Harry get the vote?

Harry Hamilton
Will he rock the Ulster Unionists?

Will he rock Westminster?

Freddie Mercury impersonator Flash Harry is hoping to give the performance of his life as he stages a bid to be selected to fight the Upper Bann seat.

He brought rhapsody to London's Albert Hall and gave the Odyssey a killer Queen. He has played packed halls from Belfast to Dubai.

But now Harry Hamilton, 44, is looking for a career as an MP. On Saturday, he was voted top of the political charts by the Upper Bann UUP Association.

He won 82 votes and, alongside Portadown businessman Robert Oliver who won 61 votes, he will go before a selection panel of the central party in the next 10 days to decide who will fight for the DUP-held seat in the next Westminster election.

Harry insists he is no political "flash in the pan".

He is secretary and election officer of the UUP's Upper Bann Association.

"They say politics is show business for ugly people," he joked.


"But, seriously, it is time for change. I am keen that there is renewal and it's time for other people to step up. I am not one of those people who would sit and criticise from the sidelines... I believe you should put yourself forward and do it."

He was "very pleased" to get 82 votes from the 96 people present at Saturday evening's vote, he said.

"The Queen show is very popular and I still enjoy doing it. I won't be hanging up my yellow jacket just yet," he pointed out.

The Conservatives and the Ulster Unionists have forged an electoral alliance. So even, if Harry Hamilton gets the UUP nomination, he will then have to go before a committee which has the final say on whether an Ulster Unionist or Conservative candidate goes for the seat.

If he is nominated and goes on to defeat the DUP's David Simpson - who unseated the UUP leader and first minster David Trimble in 2005 - then Westminster would call and he would be facing a completely different style of audience.

The issues that concern him are the economic crisis and the resurgence of republican dissidents.

"We play in all sorts of places where you do not traditionally find unionist support," he said.

"People there tell me they would vote for me. It is cross community appeal and that's the way forward."

Now, Harry Hamilton is hoping that he has the political X factor to land the nomination.

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