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Job on the line as election looms

Thursday, 19 January 2017

AT least one of East Londonderry's MLAs will lose their job in the forthcoming Assembly election following the decision to cut the number of representatives from six to five. It follows the introduction of a bill in 2016 which will see the total number of MLAs elected to Stormont reduced from 108 to 90.
That means one candidate will miss out when voters go to the polls at the start of March after NI Secretary of State James Brokenshire brought an end to speculation on Monday.
“I propose that a draft Order in Council be brought forward shortly to set an election date of Thursday March 2 and to dissolve the Assembly from January 26 - meaning its last sitting day will be January 25," he confirmed.
Assuming that all six current MLAs stand again, the big battle will centre on who takes the fifth seat.
An analysis of the poll last May suggests that two DUP seats are relatively secure with former mayor of Coleraine, Maurice Bradley, topping the poll of first preference votes, just ahead of his colleague, former Limavady councillor George Robinson.
Sinn Fein's Caoimhe Archibald also looks to have the required support, having polled heavily back in May, but it's after that that t

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