Former UUP MP and member Willie Ross has criticised the latest review into UUP structures arguing it is new and distinct policies that are needed. He believes the focus on internal structures and rules will do little to attract back old or get new voters.
All the rule changes in the world won’t make a blind bit of difference. The ordinary voter doesn’t understand that, doesn’t care about that. All that they are interested in is what is this party going to do for me, for my community, for my constitutional position?
While the internal changes grabbed the headlines, Sir Reg’s address included more than that and outlined the future direction of the party:
Yet changing our rules and structures is only one part of the hard-thinking that must now take place within Ulster Unionism. We also need to generate and promote an ongoing vision from this Party…We must work with other parties of the centre to offer an alternative to the Sinn Fein/DUP axis;