David Blackburn

A defeat for the Ulster Unionist modernisers is a worry for the DUP

Tom Elliott won’t match Arthur Wellesley’s eminence, but the new leader of the Ulster Unionists joins Ulster’s long tradition of soldier politicians. Elliott thumped rival Basil McCrea by 68 percent to 32 percent of the vote. He has a mandate to weld a party that has grown dissolute through faction.

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