Claire Sugden made the comments after the UUP lost a European seat to Alliance.Read more
BBC News NI Political Correspondent
Robin Swann, UUP leader, says he doesn't know if Danny Kennedy was the wrong candidate.
He says his party's message was about the next step.
"That message didn't resonate," he says.
UUP candidate Danny Kennedy has told BBC News NI, "it's probably fair to say that my days in representative politics appear to be drawing to a close".
UUP candidate Danny Kennedy says that even though he had previously voted to remain, he had tried to convey that he had accepted the Brexit referendum result.
But, he says, that message seemed to have been missed in the election debates.