April 20th, 2010


South Belfast - Shinners to pull out?

Latest rumours to reach me here in Africa are that Sinn Féin are to pull out of the election in South Belfast, in order to strengthen the chances of Alasdair McDonnell of the SDLP holding the seat and also to up the pressure on the SDLP to stand down in Fermanagh and South Tyrone where the Unionists have agreed a joint candidate.

This certainly changes McDonnell's position from exceedingly vulnerable to rather more comfortable. I don't, however, imagine that the SDLP are likely to return the favour by withdrawing star candidate Fearghal McKinney in Fermanagh-South Tyrone.