UUP Manifesto: Making It Work

The UUP launched their 43 page manifesto three weeks ago highlighting the party’s plans for mental health, economy, agriculture and whether they will go back into the Executive.

The manifesto, unlike others, does not place a huge emphasis on the party leader, Mike Nesbitt, rather it profiles other candidates throughout.

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Like all parties the UUP say they are running for government in this election. However, it places two caveats that the prospective Programme for Government must be collective and have a progressive commitment to benefit the people. Although what this actually means, is left up to the reader to guess.






Health UUPThe UUP has already published some papers on the issue of healthcare. Like the other parties, it has taken to issue a 15 point plan in its manifesto.

Unlike the DUP and Sinn Fein, the UUP does not make a money commitment to an increase in the health budget.

But it does make some commitments in the area of mental health with a Mental Health Champion, a strategy to put mental health on a par with mental health.

These are the most extensive commitments to mental health made by any of the main parties thus far in a manifesto.






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The UUP propose implementing the economic inactivity strategy which has not yet been implemented by the Executive. They also place an emphasis on manufacturing with a target to match the EU target of 20% of Northern Ireland’s GDP related to manufacturing industry.


The UUP propose reducing the cost and ambiguity of local and central government regulations that are holding up the building of new homes. They pledge 10,000 new social homes by 2021 and commit to end the scenes of people sleeping rough on the streets of Northern Ireland.


In perhaps one of the more humorous attempts to differentiate themselvesUUP Justice from the DUP. The UUP set out their stall on policing with a look back to the past.

The party pledge to increase PSNI numbers and want to see an increase in community confidence. However, there are few concrete spending commitments as to how this is paid for and specific measures as to how they achieve greater confidence.




The manifesto does have a strong commitment to mental health which makes it stand out. However, there are no costings or indications as to how more police and extra funding for difference services would be achieved. Likewise, there is some ambiguity about the criteria the party would use to go back into the Executive.

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  • Granni Trixie

    David – as has already come up in other posts on Slugger UUP also has “ideas” for addressing education problems AND MN has staked a claim in interviews for him to be Education Minister “if we chose to go into gov” (they put country before party/Mike,yeah).
    I am actually very worried about such an eventuality as UUP idea to have children assessed for transfer by primary school teachers from P1 is educationally unsound and not a better substitute for present system.

  • Lee

    Hopefully the UUP will hold the DUP/SF synchronisation of manifestoes to account, especially advocating a good cut of the £1billion for health figure these two parties have magiked up out of nowhere.
    It would be good to hear mental health being a red line for the UUP.

  • Granni Trixie

    Infact good to see several manifestos (including Alliance) give attention to mental health. This recognition should give leverage to campaigners post election,

  • conals

    I welcome the UUP focus on mental health, the numbers of young male suicides in Northern Ireland is a national tragedy and SF and DUP have ignored it. I would accuse both parties of having helped drive suicide rates of young men in the past.