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Election 2010 : Northern Ireland candidates



Jim Allister
Jim Allister is the leader of Traditional Unionist Voice

The Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) was born out of a split in the DUP.

Its founder, Jim Allister, a former barrister, broke away from the DUP in March 2007 over its decision to share power with Sinn Fein.

At the time Mr Allister was the DUP's European MEP, having topped the poll in 2005 when he succeeded Ian Paisley.

The party is standing in 10 out of Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies.

EAST ANTRIM

Sammy Morrison

Sammy Morrison worked as Jim Allister's personal assistant when he was an MEP and now works as the party's press officer. This is his first general election.

EAST BELFAST

David Vance

David Vance is originally from Bessbrook, County Armagh but his family moved to Portadown during the Troubles. Mr Vance is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has run his own business for 16 years. He runs the political blog A Tangled Web. This is his first general election.

EAST LONDONDERRY

William Ross

William Ross was Ulster Unionist MP for Londonderry from 1974 to 1983 and between 1983 and 2001. Mr Ross lives on a farm near Dungiven. He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. He is a veteran member of the Loyal Orders and has served as Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. He was a member of the B Specials. He became the TUV's party president in 2008.

LAGAN VALLEY

Keith Harbinson

Keith Harbinson is a qualified solicitor. Mr Harbinson is one of triplets and is a fully-fledged IFA referee. He is a member of both the Orange Order and the Royal Black Institution. This is his first general election.

MID-ULSTER

Walter Millar

Walter Millar is a former DUP member who was a Cookstown councillor for eight years from 1985, serving as council vice-chairman for a time. Mr Millar was a founder of Newmills Apprentice Boys in 1982 and has been secretary for the past 28 years. He is from a farming background and works in a local factory. This is his first general election.

NORTH ANTRIM

Jim Allister

Jim Allister is the Traditional Unionist Voice leader. In 1983, Mr Allister contested the East Antrim Westminster seat for the DUP but was not elected. Before re-entering active politics in 2004 when he was elected as a DUP MEP, he worked as a criminal law barrister. Mr Allister formed Traditional Unionist Voice after quitting the DUP in 2007 in protest at its decision to share power with Sinn Fein. In last year's European election he came fourth, missing out on a seat for the TUV but gaining 13.5% of first-preference votes.

NORTH DOWN

Kaye Kilpatrick

Kaye Kilpatrick works in customer services at South Eastern Regional College. She has previously worked in the accountancy and banking sectors. This is her first general election.

SOUTH ANTRIM

Mel Lucas

Mel Lucas is an Antrim councillor who quit the DUP in protest at power-sharing. Mr Lucas is a businessman and cattle-breeder. He a member of the Orange Order and sits on the board of governors at Loanends Primary School. This is his first general election.

SOUTH DOWN

Ivor McConnell

Ivor McConnell has been TUV chairman since its inception in 2007. Mr McConnell is a secondary school teacher who previously worked in Jim Allister's European constituency office. This is his first general election.

STRANGFORD

Terry Williams

Terry Williams was a social worker before his retirement in 2007. Mr Williams was first elected to Ards Borough Council as a DUP candidate in 2001 but quit the party in 2007 in protest at power-sharing. He is a former part-time RUC reservist. He was involved in forming the charity Christians Providing Care. This is his first general election.



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