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  Ulster Unionist MP will not stand as Tory candidate
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Last EditedRalphie  May 14, 2009 04:54pm
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MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateWednesday, May 13, 2009 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Ulster Unionist's sole MP at Westminster confirmed today she will not stand as a Conservative candidate in the next general election.

Lady Sylvia Hermon said she would not serve under the banner of Conservative and Unionist New Force, the formal name of the recent Tory-UUP merger in Northern Ireland.

The North Down MP has been known to be unhappy about the alliance between the UUP and the Tories. Hermon has traditionally voted with New Labour in the House of Commons.

"I was elected as an Ulster Unionist; if my party chooses to move to call themselves a different name then I'm sorry. The people of North Down have stood by me in the most difficult of times. At the present time I can't see myself standing under the Conservative banner," she said.

If Hermon stands as an independent candidate she will get the support of the centrist Alliance party in North Down. The Alliance leader, David Ford, has indicated that if she didn't stand as a Conservative-Unionist candidate they will back her.
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