Basil McCrea calls on Sir Reg to “go soon”

The BBC reports that Ulster Unionist MLA Basil McCrea wants party leader Sir Reg Empey to step down now rather than in the autumn as he had indicated.  From the BBC report.

Mr McCrea, who is viewed as a possible contender to replace Sir Reg, says the party needs to elect a new leader as soon as possible.

“There’s a general rule that whenever people decide that they’re going in any walk of life, that if you don’t go soon, what you end up with is a lot of discussions,” he said.

“They become increasing fractuous as time goes on and frankly, it does no good to either the incumbent leader or the party itself.

“The party really needs to get to grips with issues, about what it stands for, what its vision is.

“The best way of doing that is to have a leadership election.”

Update The Belfast Telegraph reports