Reg Empey kicks off internal reforms

Noel MacAdam reports from the aftermath of Reg Empey’s first party conference as UUP leader, and finds a party ready to put the recent past behind them. The new officers in the party now include people like Basil McCrea and Kenny Donaldson.Empey has said that old style UUP dissent will have to have limits and Danny Kennedy has talked of the need for the party to speak to itself first: “We want to provide mechanisms for contact between constituency organisations, councillors, Assembly members and headquarters and it is not so much about legal change as a cultural change.”

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