Mike Nesbitt

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Party leaders Mike Nesbitt,  Michelle O’Neill,  Arlene Foster,  Naomi Long and  Colum Eastwood at the UTV studios  in Belfast for Thursday’s debate.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Naomi Long of the Alliance Party compared her Ulster Unionist counterpart, Mike Nesbitt, to a bed-hopping political “Lothario” during Thursday night’(...)

Gerry Kelly MLA: topped the poll for Sinn Féin in North Belfast  last year. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

North Belfast experienced some of the worst sectarian violence of the Troubles. A patchwork quilt of nationalist and loyalist interfaces, it is compr(...)

 Sinn Féin’s  northern leader Michelle O’Neill (right)  launching  her election campaign on February 6th.  There were queues outside the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland in Belfast, as voters registered or checked that they were still on the register. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Keith Hollywood stood beneath the stairs leading up to the electoral office rolling a cigarette between his thumb and forefinger, the paper just lick(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: “What I am trying to achieve is a stretch for some people; it’s not going to be easy.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has taken a bold gamble in the Northern Ireland Assembly election that will be judged brave and wise, or bra(...)

Arlene Foster: “political stability has been a key factor when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment and jobs.” Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The DUP is “open to looking” at reducing the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland to 10 per cent, its party leader Arlene Foster has told the N(...)

Former DUP minister Jonathan Bell  is standing for re-election as an independent unionist. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

All eyes will be on the Strangford constituency in the upcoming Assembly election to see how rebel politician Jonathan Bell does against his old part(...)

 UUP leader Mike Nesbitt has said:  “I am saying you should vote for any candidate that you trust will do the right thing for your community and for your constituency and for Northern Ireland.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The leader of the Ulster Unionists has said that, after his own party, he will vote for the nationalist SDLP ahead of other unionist candidates in th(...)

Former minister for health Edwin Poots accuses opposition Assembly members of mounting a “hate campaign” against  former first minister. Photograph: Kevin Boyes

 The Ulster Unionist Party has asked the PSNI chief constable George Hamilton to investigate claims that there was fraud involving some of the r(...)

Stormont Parliament  at dusk in Belfast, Northern Ireland, January 16th, 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The British and Irish governments have appealed to all political parties to fight a calm and respectful election campaign in Northern Ireland after (...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said it should not be assumed that the DUP and Sinn Féin will again emerge as the main parties in the North. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Public anger over the “cash for ash” heating scheme could lead to unexpected results in the Northern Assembly elections which are expected to be calle(...)

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