SDLP Mid-Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has been selected as the party’s candidate for the Mid-Ulster Westminster by-election. He said in Cookstown last night:
“As a proud Constitutional Irish Republican, and one who stands for an Ireland united in accommodation and respect, I will not run away from representing Mid-Ulster where and when I have to'.
McGlone is also MLA for Mid-Ulster, indeed his electioneering team were targeted by loyalists only two years ago when he was out canvassing. Their electioneering car was petrol bombed by loyalists in Coagh. McGlone is also former deputy leader of the SDLP and actually stood against the bold Margo Richtie in 2011, attempting to become leader of the party.
SDLP boss, McDonnell said of McGlone and the SDLP, 'Now, Patsy offers Mid Ulster a New Deal – taking the battle to Westminster to fight for control of our own economic destiny so we can deliver sustainable jobs, grow the local private sector, protect public services and, for the first time in over 15 years, promising a strong Irish voice as MP for Mid-Ulster''.
He'll be up against veretan republican who survived a SF suspension in 2005 after he disagreed with the party leadership over the reduction of the number of district councils. Molloy who is currently deputy speaker of the Assembly, was director of operations for Vol. Bobby Sands when he won the Fermanagh and South Tyrone seat in 1981. After the death of Sands, Molloy did the same role for Owen Carron, who also won the seat.
Mid Ulster will elect a republican MP. It will probably be Francie Molloy, but does the SDLP have a trick up its sleeve or will this be an election of consolidation of votes to build upon?
Unionist Willie Frazer is also rumoured to be standing for the seat.
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