Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Allister confident of strong poll performance but complains at exclusion from TV debate

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has struck a confident note about his party’s performance at the polls.

Mr Allister said the TUV has had a good election “where it mattered — on the doorsteps”.

“I have yet to meet a voter able to argue against our unanswerable demand that as in Wales and Scotland, and everywhere else in the democratic world, voters in Northern Ireland should be able to vote a party out of office and have an opposition in their devolved Assembly,” he said.

“I also find that very many unionists recognise TUV as their best insurance policy against further runaway concessions to IRA/Sinn Fein, recognising that a strong TUV keeps the DUP and others looking over their shoulder.

“So, my expectations of polling day are high as we look forward to the next successful stage in rebuilding traditional unionism as the bulwark for democracy and stability which it has always been.”

The TUV leader, who is challenging the DUP’s Ian Paisley Jnr in North Antrim, also complained about not being involved in last night’s televised leaders’ debate on BBC1 NI.

Alliance and the Green Party have also protested at their exclusion from the main line-up. The three parties took part in a follow-up programme after the debate.

The Green Party stressed its goal of building a “new Northern Ireland for all”.

“Only the Green Party can deliver a Green New Deal that will see the creation of thousands of jobs across Northern Ireland,” the party’s North Down candidate Steven Agnew said.

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