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UK Elections 2015

Ulster Unionist Party Logo

Leader: Mike Nesbitt

Sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or simply the Unionist Party – is the older of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland. Before the split in unionism in the late 1960s, it governed Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. It continued to be supported by most unionist voters throughout the conflict known as the Troubles. The UUP has lost support among Northern Ireland's unionists to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in successive elections since 1999. In 2009, the party agreed to an electoral alliance with the Conservative Party and the two parties fielded joint candidates for the House of Commons and the European Parliament.


Election promises:

• Northern Ireland deserves better: UUP will lead transformation as it did in talks that led to 1998 Good Friday Agreement

• Education system where children mix from age four, getting "virtual inoculation" against sectarianism

• Health service needs fixing, UUP warned years ago about looming NHS crisis in Northern Ireland

• UUP wants people to feel healthier, happier and be more prosperous


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