DUP: Nelson McCausland. Paula Bradley. WIlliam Humphrey.
UUP: Rev Lesley Carroll.
Sinn Féin: Caral Ni Chuilín. Gerry Kelly.
SDLP: Nichola Mallon.
Workers Party: Gemma Weir.
TUV: John Miller.
Green: Malachai O’Hara.
UKIP: Kenneth Boyle.
PBP: Fiona Ferguson.
PUP: Billy Hutchinson.
Alliance: Nuala McAllister.
Labour Representation: Abdo Thabeth.
Independent: Fra Hughes.
Independent: Geoff Dowey.
INdependent: Tom Burns.
The 2011 breakdown was three DUP, two Sinn Féin and one SDLP. In 2011, SF had three candidates and in 2015 they spoofed about actually winning the seat at Westminster. Chastened they are only fielding the two outgoing MLAs. They will of course be re-elected.
A major surprise to see Rev Lesley Carroll standing as a UUP candidate. I am not a big fan of ministers of religion being actively involved in politics. Being involved in the community, might bring in some additional support.
SDLP are safe. NIchola Mallon was a popular Mayor and she will be able to hold Alban Magennis support and add to it. There will also be a surplus of SF votes as well as People Before Profit and Workers Party.
DUP….have two safe quotas…their third candidate will be at the mercy of transfers.
Mal O’Hara is a contributor to Slugger O’Toole….Nuff said.
And the Alliance candidate…I wont even mention.
Prediction….DUP 2, SF 2, SDLP 1….and UUP 1.