IF the UUP are serious about an electoral pact, they should stand aside in key constituencies, DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson warned today.
The East Belfast MP said: “The Ulster Unionist Party`s call for a unionist electoral pact is to some extent a diversion from the real battle for unionists at the next Westminster election.
“The real contest is not between the DUP and the UUP, but between the DUP and Sinn Fein.
“The unpalatable but unmistakable reality, even after the Northern Bank robbery, is that Sinn Fein are set to virtually wipe the SDLP off the electoral map.
“Only the DUP stand in their way of becoming the biggest party in Northern Ireland.”