Craigavon faces by-election


Craigavon, in Co Armagh, faces another by-election after the local council failed to agree on a TUV (Traditional Unionist Voice) replacement.

Candidate David Calvert could not secure a seconder and the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) and UUP (Ulster Unionist Party) vetoed each other’s proposals while nationalists abstained.

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said it would cost £25,000-£30,000 (€27,680-€33,210) for a by-election to satisfy “political egos”.

“This was payback by the UUP for the DUP’s refusal of a co-option in Dromore last year,” she said.