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General Election 2010 : Northern Ireland candidates



There are eight independent candidates standing for election in seven of Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies.

FERMANAGH AND SOUTH TYRONE

Rodney Connor

Rodney Connor is standing as an independent unionist candidate. Mr Connor's candidacy was agreed by the DUP and UUP, neither of whom is running a candidate in Fermanagh/South Tyrone. He stepped down as chief executive of Fermanagh District Council to fight his first general election.

John Stevenson is standing as an independent candidate. He is originally from Derry but lives in the Enniskillen area. It is the 62-year-old's first Westminster election. He is involved in a metal and welding fabrication business. He was educated at Campbell College and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

FOYLE

Eamonn McCann

People Before Profit candidate Eamonn McCann is a veteran socialist campaigner. Mr McCann was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in Derry in the late 1960s, and witnessed Bloody Sunday in 1972. At the last general election, he stood as a Socialist Environmental Alliance candidate in Foyle, coming fourth with 3.6% of the vote.

NEWRY AND ARMAGH

William Frazer

Independent unionist candidate William Frazer is the founder of Families Acting for Innocent Relatives, which acts for the relatives of victims of IRA violence. He is from Whitecross in south Armagh. He has stood in a number of council and assembly polls, but has never been elected.

NORTH ANTRIM

Lyle Cubitt

Independent unionist candidate Lyle Cubitt worked as a solicitor in his hometown of Ballymena for more than 30 years. Mr Cubitt stood as a United Kingdom Unionist Party candidate in North Antrim at the 2007 assembly election. In the 1970s, he was a member of the hardline Vanguard movement, which advocated a semi-independent Northern Ireland, and he is an Orangeman. This is his first general election.

NORTH BELFAST

Martin McAuley

Independent candidate Martin McAuley is a 19-year-old law student from north Belfast. He served on the executive committee of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum and as secretary of Belfast City Council Youth Forum. This is his first general election.

NORTH DOWN

Lady Sylvia Hermon

Independent candidate Lady Sylvia Hermon was first elected to Westminster as an Ulster Unionist MP in 2001 and retained her seat in 2005 with 50.4% of the vote. In March, she left the party in protest at its electoral pact with the Conservatives. Lady Hermon is a former law lecturer at Queen's University Belfast. She was married to former RUC chief constable Sir Jack Hermon, who died in 2008 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.

WEST TYRONE

Independent candidate Ciaran McClean stood for the Democratic Left in the 1996 election for the Northern Ireland Forum in Upper Bann. The Democratic Left merged with the Irish Labour Party in 1999. Mr McClean is active in campaigns against the proliferation of quarries around the mid-Tyrone area.



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