Northern Ireland

Upper Bann UUP MLA Savage could face deselection

Another Ulster Unionist MLA may face deselection following a vote in Upper Bann on Wednesday night.

George Savage came fifth in the selection meeting. His Assembly colleague Sammy Gardiner came third.

The poll was topped by Colin McCusker, son of former MP Harold, while Craigavon councillor Joanne Dobson came second.

The party's Westminster candidate Harry Hamilton came fourth.

It is understood the party is planning to run three candidates in the constituency.

A UUP spokesperson said: "Five names will now go forward to a selection committee at party headquarters which is made of local association representatives and central party representatives."

UUP sources said that Mr McCusker "romped home" in the poll.

Ms Dobson was elected to the council in a by-election earlier this year.

On Monday, Ulster Unionists in East Londonderry chose two other candidates ahead of deputy speaker David McClarty.

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