“We want to see Northern Ireland people fully involved”

The Conservative Party’s shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Patterson, MP, was on hand at yesterday’s count for the first indications that the Conservative and Unionist candidate, Jim Nicholson, had been elected. He was keen to emphasise the future role in the Commons for any Conservative/UUP joint candidates who are elected as MPs, but was less keen to discuss the UUP’s current MP, the independently minded Lady Sylvia Hermon.. Adds Below the fold, UUP leader Reg Empey on the long-term “project here of significance”.

Reg Empey on Stormont Live today