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DUP fury at 'nationalist voting pact' in election.

Byline: A PRO-Remain voting BY REBECCA BLACK

arrangement has been blasted as a "nationalist pact".

'The DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly appears vulnerable against Claire Hanna of the SDLP in South Belfast.

The SDLP team is determined to win back the seat it lost in 2017.

Co-operation between pro-Remain parties which saw Sinn Fein and the Green Party step aside for Ms Hanna appears to have handed her the edge.

Ms Hanna said it was not a pact, saying instead that a number of pro-Remain parties "made a number of unilateral decisions that do not mirror each other in other constituencies".

She added: "So many people don't think exclusively in those terms, and while, yeah, absolutely people have strong views a in terms of the constitution, it is about Brexit."

Ms Little-Pengelly questioned how it could bepro-Remain move, when another pro-Remain candidate [Alliance's Paula Bradshaw] was on the ballot paper.

She added: "I think people see it for what it is, it's not a pro-Remain pact because what we do have is a nationalist candidate standing for nationalism and republicanism and that's Claire Hanna.

"I think it's very difficult for the SDLP to argue this is a pact about Remain when you have, of course, other Remain candidates on the ballot paper."

Ms Bradshaw said many people have told her on the campaign trail that they do not feel they have been properly represented at Westminster due to the DUP's position on Brexit.

"They feel, we as Northern Ireland people who voted Remain, have not had our concerns raised and listened to.

"More and more people are coming to the centre."

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Author:A PRO-Remain voting BY REBECCA BLACK
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Dec 2, 2019
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