DUP sending signals to the Conservative parliamentary party?

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This morning the Conservatives launched in Northern Ireland [what, again? - Ed] Yes, they’re NI Conservatives now rather than Conservatives NI. Now, where was I? Oh yes. There were a few names there, many of them former (unelected) supporters of the UCU-NF.

Yesterday however it was the DUP rather than the local Tories who caught the attention of Conservative Home when four of their number voted with Conservatives on a vote of no confidence (and against Labour and the Lib Dems).

Sending a message for the future?

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  • OneNI

    The Conservative Party are well aware the DUP votes are available for hire! They remember Iris and her multi fingered gestures!!

    They also well remember how after the General Election when it momentarily looked like Labour might form a colaition that Jeffrey Donaldson rushed to airwaves to signal that they had no convictions or policies that couldnt be bought off!!

    Must say that that this is very poor salesmanship. surely they should have got ALL their MPs to vote or abstain or whatever as a bloc?

    Methinks this is just a number of MPs acting on their own conscience – after all no one at Westminster takes them seriously and they rarely get any attention back in NI.

  • salgado

    “Methinks this is just a number of MPs acting on their own conscience – after all no one at Westminster takes them seriously and they rarely get any attention back in NI.”

    I would agree with this. The Conservatives were going to win the vote pretty safely, there wasn’t much to gain in the DUP hiring themselves out.

  • andnowwhat

    Last night’s C4 news was covering the Hunt vote and seemed to think that the tories revenge will be on the vote on the Lords in the last week of term (July 9th or thereabouts) and I wonder if the cracks are beginning to go deeper. Cameron was reported to be furious with Clegg over the vote and his instruction to abstain and may be looking for belt and braces á la the UUP in the dying days of John Major.

    It’s odd to see Nigel Dodds’ siding so often with the tories whilst his party associate, Sammy Wilson, criticises them back home.

  • http://fitzjameshorselooksattheworld.wordpress.com/ fitzjameshorse1745

    The DUP play the Westminster game well.
    It was a partisan vote. One of those depressing Westminster days when MPs were asked to judge pass a judgement on behaviour and did so. Conservatives thought everything was above board and Labour took the exact opposite view.
    It was a head count.
    For (let us say) academics like ourselves ….what way would we have voted last night. For Hunt? Against Hunt?
    While there was certainly political capital to be made out of the situation, I dont think any objective reading of the case would have led many people to vote for Hunt.
    The DUP despite working class support is in fact a Party of Britishness and rightly or wrongly regards Tories as friends. Same values….by the standards of 1958 possibly.
    But I think they also define themselves as being against things rather than “for” things.
    Plaid Cymru, Green, SDLP, SNP voted against Hunt.
    No real way that DUP would rush to join them.

    The local Tories have been launched more often than the Donaghadee Lifeboat and has sunk more often than the Titanic. Id be surprised if DUP saw them as a threat. Yet now there seems at least in localised terms (around suburban Belfast) a three way contest for the minds of “liberal unionists”……..UUP, Alliance, Tories…….but I cant see them making any headway at all

  • OneNI

    FJH you say the DUP play the Westminster game well but offer no evidence of them having done so on this occassion or any other?

    At the last election 100,000 people voted for candidates supporting David Cameron and the Conservative manifesto. Twice as many as voted Alliance for example.

    Recent polls suggest ‘market failure’ of local party politics

  • http://www.wordpress.ianjamesparsley.com IJP

    Spot on Mick.

    With Iris gone, Nigel Dodds has played a sensible strategic game, endorsing the Conservative position on the EU “veto” through to backing Hunt.

    (As it happens, I myself agree with him politically on neither point!)

    So yes, the GB Conservatives will be sensible enough not to do anything which will threaten cooperation with the DUP post-2015.

  • Comrade Stalin

    OneNI:

    At the last election 100,000 people voted for candidates supporting David Cameron and the Conservative manifesto. Twice as many as voted Alliance for example.

    Given that your party actively endorsed and supported the electoral system that ensured that these 100,000 voters were all disenfranchised, this is a rather neat and fitting example of how hiding in the skirts of a big mainland party makes you look very silly.

  • OneNI

    The electoral system works well for the UK. The election proved that the Conservative led govt has a strong mandate in NI.
    Not hiding behind anyones skirts proud to be a Conservative

  • Comrade Stalin

    The electoral system works well for the UK. The election proved that the Conservative led govt has a strong mandate in NI.
    Not hiding behind anyones skirts proud to be a Conservative

    This is one of those arguments where I wonder if I am an unwitting participant in a Turing test.