Published Sunday, 08 May 2011
The composition of the future Stormont executive rests upon Mr Clarty's decision on whether or not to rejoin the UUP next week.
Mr McClarty, who has been an MLA for East Londonderry since 1998, quit when he was deselected by the party.
The UUP would gain an extra seat at the Executive table at the expense of the Alliance Party, if he was to rejoin them.
On Saturday, Mr Elliott did not rule out a future conversation with Mr McClarty on returning to the party.
The MLA elect, who hasn't yet been contacted by the UUP leader, says he will not make a decision until Tuesday or Wednesday.
However, he told UTV he "didn't like" the comment made by Mr Elliott after the completion of the Fermanagh & South Tyrone count on Saturday, also referring to hardline TUV leader Jim Allister.
I'm afraid the comments made Jim Allister sound like the Dalai Lama.
David McClarty on U105
"To be honest I couldn't believe my ears. I got back from the count centre, switched the TV on and I thought to myself I was watching an episode of Ashes to Ashes. I thought we'd gone back in time", he told UTV.
"I can understand the pressure that he is under. I can understand from that context why he said what he said."
Referring to the Irish tricolour, Mr Elliott said: "I see many people with flags today, some of them with flags of a foreign nation".
His remarks received jeers from Sinn Féin supporters at the count centre.
"I would expect nothing better from the scum of Sinn Féin... Their counterparts in the IRA have murdered our citizens, have murdered the citizens of this province for years and decades", he then added.
Northern Ireland's two largest parties - the DUP and Sinn Féin - will meet on Monday to discuss the make-up of the new Executive.
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