“When you think of everything David Cameron has done..”

In the Irish Times Frank Millar adds some interesting background detail, and a quote from “a senior Tory source”, to the UUP/Conservative Party proposed link-up.

However, it has become clear that the widespread anger generated by his MP wife Iris Robinson’s views on homosexuality has raised further doubts about the possibility of any formal House of Commons alliance between the DUP and a future Conservative government led by David Cameron.

Amid speculation about the imminent renewal of the link between the Tories and Ulster Unionists, possibly as early as today, a senior Tory source told The Irish Times : “When you think of everything David Cameron has done in an effort to detoxify the Conservative brand, an arrangement with somebody who has expressed such views about homosexuality and the role of government is just impossible.”

As DUP leader, Mr Robinson has had several meetings with Mr Cameron over the past fortnight as part of a mutual effort to “mend fences” after the DUP’s nine MPs backed Mr Brown’s proposal to permit the detention of terror suspects for up to 42 days without charge in certain conditions.