Westminster #Election2015: Mid Ulster unionist voters feeling ‘sold out’

Counting begins at the Mid Ulster by-election at Cookstown Leisure centre

Counting begins at the Mid Ulster by-election at Cookstown Leisure centre

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With just a week until the Westminster election, there is growing concern over apparent voter apathy among Mid Ulster unionists.

Former Cookstown councillor Robert Kelly said the feeling among protestant voters “is not good” and that “as far as people are concerned, they’re feeling sold out.

UUP candidate Sandra Overend rejects claims of voter apathy among unionists

UUP candidate Sandra Overend rejects claims of voter apathy among unionists

“I would say that the election is going to be a shock for some people,” he told the Mail.

“It’s either going to be a case were people are not going to bother voting at all, or they’re going to vote tactically.

“In the Westminster election people know it’s an unwinnable situation.”

When the Mail put this sentiment to the Westminster candidates for both the DUP and UUP, they both voiced opposing views.

DUP candidate Ian McCrea says he is 'under no illusion that there is apathy amongst Unionist voters'

DUP candidate Ian McCrea says he is 'under no illusion that there is apathy amongst Unionist voters'

The UUP’s Sandra Overend rejected the claim saying: “I have received a very positive response on the doorsteps across Mid Ulster.

“In fact, I have had to order an additional supply of campaign leaflets which I have been handing out on the doorsteps.”

But DUP candidate, Ian McCrea said: “I am under no illusion that there is apathy amongst unionist voters in the area.

“Unionists are concerned that the number of candidates only serves to split the vote and diminish our voice. It is vital however that the unionist voice in Mid Ulster is heard loudly and clearly.”

Meanwhile, Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy has raised concerns after a number of Mid Ulster voters “have been removed from the electoral register without notice”.

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