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The Green Party, which had already stepped aside in a number of constituencies in favour of other pro-Remain candidates, is to stand in three constituencies. Photograph: iStock

A total of 102 candidates are to contest Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies in the general election on December 12th. Nominations closed on Thursda(...)

The chances of the DUP, under Arlene Foster, in North Belfast have been given a boost by the decision of Ulster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken  not to run a candidate in the constituency. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The move by four of the big parties in Northern Ireland not to contest some Westminster election constituencies for tactical reasons represents a disa(...)

New UUP leader Stephen Aiken at the party’s  office in Ballyclare. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Politicians often use nautical terminology, though few of them know one end of a boat from the other. And then there is Steve Aiken, the new leader of(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, centre,  flanked by candidate John Finucane and party vice president Michelle O’Neill in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionist Party’s new dawn lasted barely a week. New leader designate Steve Aiken had pledged to run candidates in all 18 Northern Ireland (...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds embraces party leader Arlene Foster during the DUP’s recent annual conference. The North Belfast seat held by Dodds is likely to come under pressure due to a pro-remain election pact. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin is to stand aside in three Northern constituencies in December’s general election and has urged its voters to back other candidates who supp(...)

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald, fanked by North Belfast candidate John Finucane and party vice president Michelle O’Neill. Ms McDonald said there was no contradiction in asking republicans to vote for a unionist. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin is to stand aside in three Northern constituencies in December’s general election and has urged its voters to back other candidates who supp(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds with party leader Arlene Foster at the DUP annual conference in Belfast last weekend. Photograph:  Michael Cooper/PA Wire

By Freya McClements Northern Correspondent The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) is to step aside in North Belfast in the UK’s forthcoming general electio(...)

 DUP  leader Arlene Foster said she believes in unionist co-operation and parties working together to maximise representation. File image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Democratic Unionist Party will step aside for their rivals the Ulster Unionist Party in the Fermanagh South Tyrone constituency. DUP leader Arlen(...)

Ulster Unionist headquarters in east Belfast. The party has refused an electoral pact with the DUP for the upcoming Westminster election. Photograph: Google Street View

Threats against Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) staff are being investigated by the police in Northern Ireland. In a statement, the UUP said their “hea(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, British prime minister Boris Johnson and DUP leader Arlene Foster at the DUP conference in November 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

The outcome of the Westminster election in Northern Ireland will show whether the deep divisions in the region over Brexit can trump tribal politics. (...)

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