All those useful NI Tories

Iain Dale highlights the Tory campaign website for the Sedgefield and Ealing Southall by-elections. That website calls on Tories from all over the country for support:

If you can help with either of these campaigns – whether on the ground or from afar – please let us know.

The map is clickable for each area of the UK, and they are listed in the drop down box. Except not ALL areas of the UK are included. It seems the help of the vibrant Northern Ireland Conservatives isn’t needed. Never mind chaps.

  • the ghost of andy boner-law

    I don’t see the Cameroonies running to aid their former allies in the UUP either Michael old bean.

    Pip pip.

  • Hogan from County Tyrone

    Michael

    Why are you guys bitching at the NICP? Stop running from the Duppers and hit them where it hurts!

  • curious

    I hear Lord David Trimble might come back here next election in support of the NICP. What is his wife going to do, she is still a strong UUP supporter and good friend of the UUP leader?

  • The Conservative Party used to be called the Conservative and Unionist Party, now the party is recognising the reality – Northern Ireland where they haven’t one publicly elected representative at council level (?) and no hope of gaining such a rep – perhaps it’s time that Unionists realised that when their old friends and allies are deserting them, they should reassess their priorities. Go south!

  • lib2016

    OC,

    ‘Go South’

    No need, the South has already arrived and is doing well – been in Newry recently? The Dublin-Belfast corridor is yet another elephant in the room.

    Portadown’s future will be as just another dormitory town rather than the thriving centre it could have been because of Drumcree and the hate engendered by that unfortunate sectarian nonsense.
    The OO and the UUP forgot that you can’t get in the way of the middleclass and their need to make a pound. Too late now for either of them but the community they sprang from will survive and hopefully prosper. Ask a Southern Protestant if you won’t believe the Shinners or Bertie.

    A united Ireland HAS to be inclusive or it simply won’t work. You know it makes sense. If a black Nigerian can do well there’ll be room for plenty of ‘black Prods’ from the wee North.

  • It was a Tory PM who said the UK has no strategic interest in NI.

  • curious

    ‘It was a Tory PM who said the UK has no strategic interest in NI.’

    Mark,

    If UK has no strategic interest in NI, why then should the ROI have?
    Lets face it WTF wants NI along with SF & the DUP anyway?

  • Cahal

    Curious,
    well according to opinion polls, a majority of the UK want shot of the north and a majority of the republic want to reunite with it.

  • It was’nt just a Tory MP who made that statement. It was the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Brooke who made the statement on 9th November 1990. It was regarded as a landmark statement by The British Government which helped to pave the way for the peace process.

  • páid

    macswiney,

    Brooke said that the British have no ‘selfish, strategic or economic interest in NI’ which is surely the most important statement of the last 10 years and the platform on which the whole Peace Process is based.

    The British only stay in NI now out of moral obligation, whatever about the past.

    And they are tiptoeing backwards out the door.

  • There’s no mention of Scotland or Wales either, Michael, possibly because the Tories there are autonomous thanks to devolution?

  • Michael Shilliday

    try the map Watchman.

  • Christopher Woods

    “Brooke said that the British have no ‘selfish, strategic or economic interest in NI’ which is surely the most important statement of the last 10 years and the platform on which the whole Peace Process is based.”

    There was no comma after ‘selfish’ and neither has there been one in the subsequent legislation that enshrines the phrase. A comma changes the whole meaning of the phrase!

  • páid

    Fair point Christopher.