NI’s 13 MPs who take their seats “should work together”

BBC NI’s political editor Mark Devenport notes an “outbreak of political harmony” on today’s Inside Politics programme between two of Northern Ireland’s newly elected MPs – the DUP’s Ian Paisley Jnr and the Alliance Party’s Naomi Long.

The subject of agreement?  That, should the opportunity arise, the 13 NI MPs who take their seats should be prepared to work together – “on areas like finance and the defence of the local economy” – in any potential negotiations over support for the next government.

As I said, whatever happens, an abstentionist Sinn Féin have nothing to talk to anyone about.

Adds The Guardian reports that Nick Clegg has set a deadline of 24 hours for the Lib Dem negotiations with the Conservative party.