DUP and UUP 'in election talks'

Published Saturday, 24 May 2014
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DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has revealed to UTV that his party is in discussions about an electoral pact with the Ulster Unionist Party ahead of next year's general and Assembly elections – something UUP leader Mike Nesbitt has totally rejected.

Speaking during the live election coverage, the Lagan Valley representative said: "We are already having discussions with the UUP on an ongoing basis with reference to the general election next year.

"And we are more than willing to talk to [other unionist parties]."

He added: "If you look at the first preference vote in Northern Ireland at the moment, DUP is just in behind Sinn Féin.

"And that's because of the splintering of the unionist vote and that becomes more critical when you get to an Assembly election.

"So we do need to be talking to each other and we need to be looking at where unionism is going."

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, however, said there were no discussions in place and that the DUP was attempting to "deflect people's attention away from a bad election for them".

He urged Ian Paisley Junior to "name the names" of those in the UUP the DUP was talking to.

Mr Paisley said it would be "unfair" to those to disclose their identity.

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petand in Londonderry wrote (67 days ago):
The "union" is the only common ground that most unionists have. How can parties with so many disparate views unite? Talk about building your house on sand.
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (67 days ago):
@Sam in Ulster It is not just as simple as that. Many people will not vote for certain unionists because of their prejudice opinions on things such as homosexuality or abortion. I also have a real issues with the conduct and actions of the health minister and as a matter of conscience I could not vote for him. Just being a unionist is not enough to justify being elected and does not mean you will be good for this country. I would say that this country would have done far better of if one of the main Unionist parties had never been formed. Always vote for the best person for the job even if you know they will lose. If you vote to keep some one out you voice will never be heard. You will also then have surrendered your principles and sacrificed you ideals. If the politicians were that concerned with splitting of the vote one of them would not stand
Niall in Tyrone wrote (68 days ago):
It's a desperate move, if you think otherwise then well you're wrong. It's a move that will result in other parties deciding to unite to counteract so it will end up as a pointless move.
lorna in limavady wrote (68 days ago):
It is time to put old quarrels aside and join forces. It is extreemly annoying to hear the leaders bickering over silly issues. one does not need to be a mathamatian to see that the two parties will have the biggest first preferance votes instead SF has had so far.Don't let flag issues dominate real issues with SF in government
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (68 days ago):
"If you look at the first preference vote in Northern Ireland at the moment, DUP is just in behind Sinn Féin." --- I had a look at that Jeff, you're miles behind Sinn Fein lol
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