Sharon O’Neill sheds some light on the recent past of Andrew Hunter, the former Tory MP now seeking election to the Assembly with the DUP. It revolves around his contact with Sinn Fein, and quotes him in a letter suggesting that:
“Two or three years ago I approached Sinn Féin and asked for a copy of Setting the Record Straight. I found this very helpful indeed and in my draft chapters on the secret negotiations I conclude that Sinn Féins account is greatly more reliable than that given by the Conservative government.”
Far from being a source of scandal for the party, his experience may prove useful to the DUP in the coming months as we learn more about its alternative to the Belfast Agreement and apparent willingness to accept Sinn Fein’s electoral mandate.