UUP and TUV meet

The TUV and UUP have held a joint meeting to discuss possible electoral pacts in any forth coming elections. I will reproduce the joint statement below the fold:

Joint statement by Sir Reg Empey MLA and Jim Allister MEP

”Leadership delegations from the Ulster Unionist Party and Traditional Unionist Voice have met to review the unfolding political situation and to discuss ways of maximising the Unionist vote in upcoming elections. In addition the position relating to the Lisbon Treaty and resulting likely developments in the EU were explored.

We had a worthwhile and cordial engagement and look forward to continuing contact.

With the European Election, as the next scheduled election, coming up in June, we agreed on the priority of retaining two unionist representatives in Europe. This should be the overriding priority of all unionists in respect of this election. Such is only attainable by full utilisation of transfers between the unionist candidates. Thus, we agreed to recommend such a voting strategy to all unionist voters.

The UUP delegation consisted of Sir Reg Empey MLA, Jim Nicholson MEP and Danny Kennedy MLA. The TUV delegation consisted of Jim Allister MEP, Ivor McConnell (Party Chairman) and Samuel Morrison (Party Press Officer).”

It is clear that both the UUP and TUV will be running candidates in the European elections and as such there is no suggestion of an electoral pact for Europe. Whether or not there will be further meetings and whether or not the parties will be meeting with the DUP and what they will make of the meeting remains to be seen.

  • Mark F.

    I think Jim Allister’s website looks like a blog of middling quality, nothing like the website of a serious politican.

    Heard him on th radio the other day, he sounded uncomfortable, nasty and out of his depth.

    No threat to the DUP.

  • ??

    just curious, anyone heard how the UUPs consultation meetings are going?

  • common sense

    I’m pretty sure you just contradicted yourself with your last statement.

    That is fine and I will happily take your word for it. I hope you do understand the need to ensure that sock puppeting is kept to an absolute minimum.

  • clandey bhoy.

    ‘Robert Cleland is me and i never hide my name for anyone, Common Sense is my son-in-law and he can use any name that he wants, i am using his computer since i have moved house and my internet is not up and running yet’

    Shouldn’t Slugger have an award for the weakest excuse for sock puppeting- Robert and Robert (err, sorry, ‘Common Sense’) is/are a dead cert(s).

    Either that or his ‘son-in-law’s’ house is a real barrel of laughs of an evening, with the demon duo working to a strict rota on the over-worked communal PC to sink the family boot into their erstwhile colleagues in the TUV.

    Then again, given Robert’s one-sided account of the Cluan Place saga, I am sure that he is well-used to spinning yarns…

  • Mick Fealty

    Right chaps, can we leave the personal stuff to one side and keep to politics? And please use the names that appear on the site, as a courtesy and to avoid confusion.

  • Bigger Picture

    ““Yes that’s right lets all listen to Half Pint fellow unionists, walk out of Stormont when the Shinners backs are against the wall wailing about not getting their way.”

    Remind me – just why has the exec not met for months on end?”

    Because of the above, who is stopping the executive meeting and why are they doing it? If the Shinners had the free hand you undoubtedly think they do Sammy then why the need to cry off?

    ““Let’s walk out and let SF/Downing Street/the Oireachtas take over and watch more SF policies like the ILA and the Maze stadium come to fruition.”
    Perhaps you would like to tell us why Donaldson is on record as saying that Westminister would not intro an ILA?

    And why a Unionist 1st Minister lobbied Europe for money for a shrine at the Maze? Have the DUP ruled this out? If they have, I haven’t heard them.”

    This is stretching it a bit. You know fine rightly it has no chance of flying hence why the Shinners are complaining about it as well.

    “Let us instead march back to Antrim, back to Kilskeery, back to the windy steeples of Ballymena and back to Portadown and instead encamp ourselves in our small no surrender enclaves as SF take more as we walk away. All the time saying No Surrender, no Pope here while the Shinners”

    What’s that? A history of the DUP up until last year in a paragraph?”

    First of all i will finish the paragraph you convienently cut off,

    “SF take more as we walk away. All the time saying No Surrender, no Pope here while the Shinners laugh and watch us go and get on with implementing their goals!!!”

    In future instead of coming back with short smart alec responses how about actually debating the issue? Now that i have filled in the rest of that paragraph you can respond to it instead of paraphrasing someone elses words and then attacking them.

  • common sense

    clandey bhoy

    There is proof of the misconduct from certain members of the TUV – which has been passed on to Jim Allister. We will have to see if Mr. Allister takes any action on this matter.

    It seems you are the one who is uttering complete nonsense.

  • Robert Cleland

    Then again, given Robert’s one-sided account of the Cluan Place saga, I am sure that he is well-used to spinning yarns… clandey bhoy, these are your words please explain, i was asked by the local residents to come in since i use to be a local Councillor in the area and knew a lot of the people down there, the late Councillor David Irvine, Coucillor Michael Copeland, Councillor Robin Newton, Coucillor Ruth Patterson and the local MP Peter Robinson Peter came down 2 night that i was there and we had took him in to see what was going on that night, there was only name above was down there every night and every day so since you think i am spinning yarns i let you decide which one APART from myself, blast bombs, live bullets, short strand residents, police where all coming in and attacking the local people that just wanted to live in peace, perhaps you are saying BUT your side done things, our side told the police if you dont acted on any of the things coming over the local people will, a certain wife of a local Councillor and myself took notes down and there is a book down there with all the times and dates of when things happen on both sides and every one was happy to what we both done.

  • ??

    just curious, anyone heard how the UUPs consultation meetings are going?
    Posted by ?? on Oct 15, 2008 @ 10:09 PM

    anyone?

  • clandey bhoy.

    ‘our side told the police if you dont acted on any of the things coming over the local people will’

    Surely not a threat of use of paramilitary violence, Robert-tut,tut…