British Tory to seek election as DUP candidate

A right-wing British Conservative Party back-bencher has announced plans to quit Westminster and stand as a unionist candidate in next year’s Assembly elections in the North.

A right-wing British Conservative Party back-bencher has announced plans to quit Westminster and stand as a unionist candidate in next year’s Assembly elections in the North.

Andrew Hunter, who opposes the Good Friday Agreement and has appeared at anti-agreement rallies in the North, will stand as a DUP candidate in the Lagan Valley constituency.

Mr Hunter will be running against Ulster Unionist hardliner Jeffrey Donaldson and his candidature could damage the UUP’s chances of winning two seats in the constituency.

The last British MP who stood as a unionist candidate in the North was Enoch Powell.

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