“The UUP rejected the idea..”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the BBC’s Stephen Walker has gotten his hands on an early discussion paper from the Conservative Party on their proposals for linking up with the UUP .

Documents obtained by the BBC reveal that the Conservatives wanted to merge with the Ulster Unionists and set up a new party in Northern Ireland. It would have been called the Northern Ireland Conservative and Unionist Party – to be known as NICUP. The Tories wanted the new party to have David Cameron as its leader with Sir Reg Empey as treasurer.