ULSTER UNIONIST Party leader Tom Elliott has demanded that the Conservative Party close its Northern Ireland branch as the price for an electoral alliance between the parties.Such a move on the part of the Conservatives HQ would be immoral, completely undemocratic and as I've explained here, counter-productive in a whole number of ways.
However, the Northern Ireland Conservatives are “very detrimental to the relationship that we can build”, he told a meeting of the Friends of the Union. Instead of running its own candidates in the North, the Conservatives should stand aside and let the Ulster Unionists have a clear run, he said.And achieve what?
More pointless deals
Apparently some details quoted by the Irish Times are being disputed; in the interests of keeping things correct and transparent on here, I've asked the UUP for either a link to or a transcript of the speech reportedly made by Tom Elliott to the Friends of the Union.
So,I'm more than happy now to give you the official corrections to the main points in the original article I based the post on-
1. At no time did Tom Elliott say (or infer) that he wanted the Conservatives to close their NI branch.
2. The "24 seats" comment was used as an illustration as to what could happen (re loss of ministeries under de Hondt) if the UUP lost seats or votes to the Conservatives.
3. There was no "speech", more a conversation to a smaller group.
And my own research has discovered that the "Friends of the Union" group no longer exists...perhaps time is ripe for a revival?!