Mick has already blogged about Jeff Peel resigning – is this marriage going to end in divorce?
This is an astounding inauspicious start to the ‘new relationship’ as a senior Tory resigns, a man who sat on the committee that crafted this ‘new relationship’.
Meanwhile DUP Leader Peter Robinson has called upon UCUNF to abandon their policy of running in every seat in Northern Ireland:
“I would urge UCUNF to abandon their policy of running in every seat in Northern Ireland and work with us to ensure that Fermanagh and South Tyrone and South Belfast are won back for Unionism. Having courted the SDLP and TUV and tried merger with the PUP and the Tories and failed, is it now not time that Reg Empey started actually working with the largest Unionist party in Northern Ireland?
He has also said that: “People will be astounded to see that UCUNF has after less than a week in existence descended into the type of mud-slinging and acrimony that characterised the now defunct UUP at its worst. The community wants to see political Unionism advancing through co-operation and the pursuit of real Unionist policies.”
Is history repeating itself? Are the UUP in turmoil?