After lodging his nomination papers on Wednesday 1st February Traditional Unionist Voice Assembly candidate Jordan Armstrong said:
“A few months ago, many Unionists went out and voted for Mrs Foster’s DUP candidates as they were then described because the public believed it would bring a fresh start for Unionism. She entered office with enormous good will within the Unionist community, but with the latest actions and behaviour, Mrs Foster and her party have tarnished the high standards of Unionism and brought it into disrepute. This must be restored.
“However, as the details of the Cash for Ash scandal continue to emerge, people have felt completely let down and their faith has been shaken.
“More than that, Unionists see that Sinn Fein are seeking to exploit the scandal to further their anti-British agenda, only a vote for TUV can thwart this agenda and uphold the values of Unionism that were greatly fought for by our forefathers.
“I would appeal to those Unionists who feel let down and disappointed to give me their number one vote in this election. Your vote can make the change that is essential for Northern Ireland and to move politics forward for the betterment of all. 2016 was the year when voters witnessed first-hand how their vote can make a difference and upset the political establishment. In this election your vote can send that message by voting TUV, it’s time to drain the swamp!
“In the middle of all this, it is clear that my, leader Jim Allister holds the trust of the Unionist people. Just last week a poll was published which showed that Jim Allister is rated as far and away the best performing Unionist leader among Unionist voters.
“If people appreciate the work of Jim Allister it is essential that they come out and vote for his candidates.
“Others seek to play on the fears of Unionists by saying you must vote for them to stop Sinn Fein. However, I would ask people to consider two facts. It was at DUP incompetence and possible corruption which gifted Sinn Fein the excuse to call this election. Secondly, the joint nature of the First and deputy First Minister positions was underscored by the fact that when Martin McGuinness resigned Mrs Foster was out on her ear as well.
“After this election Sinn Fein will be demanding concessions to get Stormont back up and running. Will this mean the resurrection of the Maze shrine? An Irish Language Act? The re-writing of the past to justify their terror campaign?
“I pledge to the people of East Londonderry that if entrusted with their votes and returned to Stormont I will work tirelessly on their behalf and strive to represent them with the same integrity and honesty displayed by Jim Allister.”