Unionist pacts receeding?

The possibility of a unionist pact in South Belfast and Fermanagh South Tyrone at the next election has been questioned by Sammy Wilson. Owen Paterson has apparently confirmed that the Conservative Party will be contesting every Westminster seat at the next general election. He refused to speculate on any deal between the UUP and Conservatives. If there was a joint Conservative / UUP candidate that would effectively end any chance of ousting Michelle Gildernew. Clearly this could be a very negative effect for the UUP from an agreement with the Tories. This episode also shows either that some Conservatives do not fully understand the nuances of Northern Ireland politics or that they do not care that much for issues which many unionists would regard as highly important.

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