Sir Reg won’t be voting for the next UUP leader

UUP banner logo - slightly croppedSir Reg Empey is over in New York this week wearing his Minister for Employment and Learning hat. A BBC online news article explains:

Sir Reg’s itinerary this week includes a gathering of world leaders and a magazine event honouring the top 50 Irish-Americans working in finance … will visit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a philanthropic institute set up by the software billionaire … attend a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which was formed in 2005 to “bring together a carefully selected group of the world’s best minds and most distinguished problem-solvers to focus on practical, effective measures”.

His message to the US is

“Northern Ireland is open for business”.

Since he’ll not be physically present in the Waterfront Hall and there is no vote-by-proxy arrangement, he’ll not be able to cast his a vote for either Tom Elliott or Basil McCrea on Wednesday night. Nor will he be able to congratulate the winner in person with a firm, photographed handshake.