Speaking in Blackpool today, David Burnside has suggested that his party consider merging with the British conservatives:
“It is all very well the DUP talking about restoring confidence within the unionist leadership. It was not very apparent in Brighton last week where only the Ulster Unionist Party had any sizeable presence at the Labour conference.
“Looking further down the track, unionist influence will never become real power unless there is a possibility of an Ulster MP becoming Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and taking over the reins of executive power and that would only be possible with a tie up with the Conservatives.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this idea might fly with some of the ‘red’ delegates at the party’s annual conference in a few week’s time.
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