Unionist backroom: looking forward at last?

Roy Garland on the UUP’s conference at the weekend:

“[the conference] was the most satisfying I have experienced. The chosen venue suggests that unionists were getting back to their roots but this was no regression into siege mentality. Rather, I found a confident, outward-looking and hopeful party reiterating a commitment to inclusive pluralist politics.”

It also seems that calling meetings of the UUC may not be quite as easy for opponents of the leadership to call in future.