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Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt quits after party's poor showing in election

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Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt Picture: Getty

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt Picture: Getty

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Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt Picture: Getty

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has quit after his party's poor showing in the Assembly election.

With the UUP failing to make any ground on the Democratic Unionists, and losing a number of high-profile seats, the former TV anchor fell on his sword.

His campaign pledge to transfer a second preference vote to the nationalist SDLP appears to have been his undoing, with unionist voters clearly not keen on him voicing support for any candidate that favoured a united Ireland.

He said that he will remain in position while his successor is found.

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