Traditional Unionist Voice
A Brexiteer, Jim Allister is the leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice. The party is staunchly in favour of leaving the EU and is opposed to the Irish border backstop. Mr Allister said: "Brexiteers must fight this election to win." A former MEP and ex-member of the DUP, Mr Allister successfully stood for election to the European Parliament, succeeding Ian Paisley in 2004. He failed to retain his seat in 2009, standing as a TUV candidate after he resigned from the DUP following the establishment of the power-sharing executive in 2007. He has served as the TUV's MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing North Antrim, since 2011.