UDA backing Conservatives Jim Nicholson?

Carried as their lead story, the Sunday World the report that UDA Boss, John Bunting, has been helping out in the Ulster Conservatives and Unionist Euro election campaign.

The North Belfast Brigadier was reported to have been seen putting up posters of Jim Nicholson. Nicholson refused to comment directly, referring the papers editor Jim McDowell to the UUP Press office where a spokesperson said that it cannot be “interpreted as the UDA backing the UUP or the UUP backing the UDA.”

North Belfast MLA and SDLP European hopeful, Alban Maginness, said that he was “horrified” adding that he was “utterly shocked that a constitutional party like the Ulster Unionist Party would use or allow itself to be construed to be used by a paramilitary organisation.”