Nesbitt wins race for UUP leadership

Declan McAteer Posted by
Saturday, March 31st, 2012
News, Politics

South Down Ulster Unionist John McCallister today conceded the race for the Ulster Unionist Party leadership as members elected former BBC and UTV presenter Mike Nesbit.

Approximately two thousand members were eligible to vote in the election at the party’s annual general meeting today in Belfast. 536 voted for Nesbitt, while McCallister received 129 votes.

Nesbitt told members he wants the UUP to have a new sense of purpose, “I want everyone in this country to get out of bed with a sense of purpose. I want this party to wake up with a sense of purpose. I want us to reach out to become the party of choice for every pro-union voter in Northern Ireland, including those who still say they want a United Ireland, but privately accept there is no longer a single reason not to enjoy their continued membership of the United Kingdom.”

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