Job on the line!
Thursday, 19 January 2017
AT least one of North Antrim's MLAs will lose their job at the next Assembly election, as the number of constituency representatives drops from by one to five.
Assuming all six stand again, the big battle will centre on who takes the fifth seat.
The election was confirmed last night, Monday, when Sinn Fein, as expected, refused to nominate a replacement for Martin McGuinness as deputy First Minister by the 5pm deadline.
An analysis of the poll last May suggests two DUP seats and the Sinn Fein and TUV seats are relatively secure, but who gets the last seat could go to the wire.
It will probably be a straight fight between the third DUP candidate and the Ulster Unionist flag-bearer who is again expected to be Robin Swann, outgoing cjair of the Public Accounts committee at Stormont.
The Chronicle's sister paper, The Guardian , understands the DUP will be running three candidates this time around to give them the best possible chance of all being returned.
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