Swann may bid for leadership
Thursday, 9 March 2017
ROBIN Swann's stunning victory in the North Antrim Assembly election on Friday was so comprehensive he was immediately being openly tipped as the potential new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, minutes after Michael Nesbitt's resignation filtered through to the count centre at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre. Adding 2,437 first preference votes to his total last May was a remarkable personal triumph for the former Public Accounts Committee chair, and in complete contrast to the UUP's performance across the province where they lost several well known MLAs.
Speaking to the Chronicle after polling 6,022 votes, Mr Swann said there was no secret to his success other than "sheer hard work and a personal commitment to political honesty and integrity in how I conduct my business."
He said: "I have a superb team who worked tirelessly to get my message across on the doorsteps on North Antrim and the voters were receptive to our message.
"I do not subscribe to the politics of acrimony, division and personal attacks on opponents. I have never stood on anyone's toes to get elected and I am not going to start now.
"The key task now is to get back to Stormont and get on with the job we were elected to do.
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