Northern Irish parties in the red…?

Here’s something to keep an eye out for on Wednesday. The Electoral Commission will give a report on the state of the finances of all the various political parties. How much detail that is likely to contain, is hard to tell. Particularly, as this consultation document points out there is no standardised means of comparing like with like between political parties. Although Slugger understands that all of Northern Ireland’s major parties are in the red after last year’s Assembly elections. All of which makes the UUP/Tory tie up that little bit more interesting…. (And reader Paul wonders if there will be any mention of a Mr Sweeney of North Antrim…)

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