It seems the UUP – Conservative link up is proving more better then worse for all concerned. That is of course as long as you are not a Labour minded UUP member. As Mark Devenport notes on his blog, Sylvia Hermon stayed away from conference for the second year running. Fred Cobain, a long time leftie departed early to go see his beloved Crusaders.
There has long been a significant Labour – Unionist tradition in the North. Is it large enough to go it alone or are people like Fred just going to have to accept the tory dawn?
Chekov notes that there could be problems extending the Tory – UUP deal to the Assembly elections. That could give the lefties something to stay on for but could also lead to UUP – Tory contests for key seats…..