“The pro union community can be assured of the level of contact and co-operation that exists”

“There was a range of topics discussed that looked at the present, and the future and the long term prospects for the pro union people of Northern Ireland.” The words of Danny Kennedy who has broken his party’s silence on the weekend meeting with Conservatives and the DUP in England. Mr Kennedy was accompanied by David Campbell, Mark Cosgrove and Tom Elliott. Peter Robinson, Sammy Wilson and Nigel Dodds represented the DUP.Mr Kennedy added:

“It remains to be seen if these discussions will be carried forward but I think most people from the pro union community can be assured and can welcome the level of contact and co-operation that exists.”

Asked whether agreed candidates were discussed for Fermanagh South Tyrone and South Belfast Mr Kennedy was reticent to expand:

He said “I am not going to discuss the talks in any detail. They were private discussions. They were useful to that extent.”

The Conservatives are rejecting any suggestion that the notion of ‘ a hung parliament’ was in their thinking in talking to both of the large unionist blocks.