Lady Hermon running, or not running?

Has the independently minded MP for North Down, Lady Hermon, finally decided to run as an independent against a joint Conservative and Ulster Unionist candidate in that constituency? And, if so, is she attempting to force the party to move against her in advance of that? After all, criticism of Shaun Woodward over that NIO poll is hardly “bewildering”. But that’s politics…

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  • Justin Case…

    Just as I posted in one of Walkers threads

    EXCLUSIVE

    See below for an email which I recieved from Lady Hermon only two hours ago.

    I am very sorry indeed to have disappointed you today. Policing and Justice are still reserved at Westminster and I as the sole UUP MP would have to speak on the devolution legislation in the very near future. My position on it would have become abundantly clear then but, unfortunately, my views expressed during a PRIVATE session of the Northern Ireland Select Committee on Wednesday past were deliberately leaked to the BBC. Whilst this is in itself a very serious breach of the rules of the House of Commons, it nevertheless put me in an impossible position in terms of the BBC running the story without any input from me to try to put the story in context.

    If in doing so I have appeared to you to be on a ‘personal crusade against the Unionist Party’ I regret that greatly because it is not the case. I am profoundly upset to have caused you and others such annoyance and disappointment today.
    Kindest regards.

    She is sending out very mixed messages.

  • Pete,

    it is “bewildering” in that it does not make any sense and is a fine piece of upside-down self-serving logic to try and blame the SOS – presumably prompted by the Tories who were sore at being publically rebuked by the Obama administration – for a shocking bit of their own political oppotunism.

    It is of course no suprise that the UUP came out with such a silly line as any inspection of their behaviour would suggest such a nonsense and it no suprise that few believe it.

  • Justin Case…

    Moderate Unionist – do you deny that you posted on slugger up until recently under the name ‘It was sammy mcnall what done it’, a Nationalist blogger.

  • granni trixie

    MU: DONT BE OUTED!. Why should you?

    Justin Case: Is this on? I mean as I have posted before, is it not part of the sport of Slugger to be free to manipulate your identity as you may? Doesnt happen of in NI where you are hemmed in by sterotypical assumptions.

    BTW, I have often found here that assumptions as to Nationalist/Unionist leanings are wrong…sometimes not only wrong but the direct opposite to the reality (on the few occasions I sussed out who is who).

  • Framer

    Lady Hermon made the decision to run as an independent Unionist months, if not years ago.

    Only a few still get tantalised by the possibility that she might not.

    Anyway she is now a fully fledged defender of Shaun Woodward, George W Bush, Hillary Clinton, Peter Mandelson and David Cameron in pursuit of Reg Empey who happens to be her leader.

  • Justin Case…

    What is it to you buster?

    I suspect if you put the same question to Davey Cameron he might spake to you just as he spaked when launching the once seaworthy, good ship, UCUNF

    “Ulster, one of the 4 proud historic provinces of Ireland, is a fine wee place and one in which we British have no strategic or selfish interest in, and one in which it’s people, from all sides of the community should be free to go about their own business, in their distinctly funny Irish way, free from consideration as to their tribal roots be they Nationalist or Unionist.”

  • Pete Baker

    granni

    He outed himself days ago.

    Sammy Mac Moderate [Irish] Unionist

    “it is “bewildering” in that it does not make any sense and is a fine piece of upside-down self-serving logic to try and blame the SOS – presumably prompted by the Tories who were sore at being publically rebuked by the Obama administration – for a shocking bit of their own political oppotunism.”

    Laughable ‘logic’.

    And still playing fast and loose with the facts.

    Despite the name change…

  • Reader

    granni trixie: BTW, I have often found here that assumptions as to Nationalist/Unionist leanings are wrong…sometimes not only wrong but the direct opposite to the reality (on the few occasions I sussed out who is who).
    I am a fan of anonymity myself (obviously). But I’m not a fan of sock-puppetry or black-flag operations, which don’t really command the same respect…

  • Pete,

    You are not seriously trying to suggest that Davey Cameron did not have his arse well and truly kicked in public by the Yankees? Why do you think the Tories were trying to blame Mandy and Woody and anybody but the anti-agreement UUP who actually voted NO. Serioulsy you give us Unionists a bad name with crazy talk like that and we Unionists get enough bad publicity from just for doing a bit of healthy walking aobut during the walking about season.

    Davey was like the little boy that has just come back from his well desreved spanking in the head teacher’s office and is given him a few sweets (that would be the Guardian story) and told him to resume his place and behave himself – the pain in his arse permitting.

    As to the alleged self-outing – no link supplied – now that’s not like you at all is it?

  • granni trixie,

    an astute and apposite intervention.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    I cant help noticing Mr Bakers use of the American phrase that Syvia is RUNNING (for election). Surely in our part of the World we STAND for Election

  • Harry J

    Anyway she is now a fully fledged defender of Shaun Woodward, George W Bush, Hillary Clinton, Peter Mandelson and David Cameron in pursuit of Reg Empey who happens to be her leader.
    Posted by Framer on Mar 12, 2010 @ 06:02 PM

    why wasnt she consulted, after all she will have to vote for the transfer of the powers.

    ..maybe its a female thing…the UUP turns on its only MP who is a female…the UUP have no female MLAs….

  • interested

    Hermon has been telling everyone at every event she attends that she supports P&J it no big secret.

  • I have no idea what party Lady Hermon supports, I wonder if she knows…

    Undoubtedly a good person, perhaps too good for politics, which is a dirty game best played in the dark.

    Mind you the UUP, do they know what they represent, is there still a UUP party?

    Decisions, decisions and politics…

  • abc123

    Labour Lady Hermon should have the courage to become their official candidate. That would mean real change in NI politics.

  • Pippakin, perhaps Sylvia isn’t a natural party animal; maybe she prefers to exercise her own judgement rather than ask “How high?” when told to jump.

  • LabourNIman

    Hermon is not joining my party.. and frankly I’m glad of it.

    She is a single mandate politician with a poor record of voting, why isn’t she in Westminster more? And the complete disrespect she has shown the UUP since getting elected on the back of Alliance votes, speaks volumes to her own agenda.

    You want a real change in NI politics? How about an MP that will actually spend the proper amount of time in the commons, voting on whats important and can actually answer the tough questions on what goes on in the chamber and policies.

    And just because she has a record of voting WITH labour doesn’t make her labour. Lib dems vote with us on a large number of issues. That doesn’t make them labour.

  • Coll Ciotach

    LabourMan

    It just shows how little influence MPs from here have in Westminster, they are just there to make up numbers and justify the concept of a “United Kingdom” when reality the regions are subservient to the needs of South East England, an upmarket equivalent of Token Taigism. Nobody notices that they are missing because there presence is of little importance

  • Nevin

    If she is independent, which would be a good and brave thing to be by the way, why does she not say so?

    At best the lady appears a bit contrary, at worst, well maybe her voters should be the best judge of that.