Voters facing dilemma in wake of UUP chief Doug Beattie’s travails

Unionist leader ‘embarrassed’ and ‘ashamed’ by compromising tweets prior to entering politics

Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie has apologised repeatedly for embarrassing tweets. Photograph: PA

Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie has apologised repeatedly for embarrassing tweets. Photograph: PA

Doug Beattie has a reputation as a straight talker.

A decorated former soldier who has served in the British army in Iraq and Afghanistan, he readily acknowledges he lacks the polish of some career politicians and can be “a little rough around the edges” but is honest and up-front about his views and says he sticks to his principles, even if they cost him votes.

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