Deborah Girvan said: “The Strangford Westminster race will certainly be an interesting one. Given the recent UUP-DUP pact talks, people wanting a genuinely shared future know that Alliance is the only option. UCUNF has no credibility on this issue ever again following these tribal talks.
“Mike is a fairly high profile candidate, but I wonder whether the local UUP association will unite behind him given the turmoil in the party over the UCUNF link-up and the DUP pact talks.
“I look forward to a good election campaign and I am sure we will get along well together.”