Being in the States for the last few days, I’ve been a little behind the times. My apologies to the Conservative party for the tardiness in getting this statement to press, which comes in response to Eamonn’s story yesterday. A party spokesman writes:
“As somebody who was actually at Hatfield throughout, I can say that while one of the parties might have arrived with that agenda it was most definitely not the basis on which the Conservative Party brought the participants together.
“As we made clear at the time, the purpose was to help promote political stability and in particular explore means of overcoming the impasse on policing and justice and avoiding a collapse.
“There is only one electoral pact – between the Conservative Party and the Ulster Unionist Party. That is what both parties are committed to making work.”