Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Sylvia Hermon’s support for Cameron is sought

Ulster Unionist MP Lady Sylvia Hermon is being asked to give assurances she would be prepared to support Conservative leader David Cameron.

Delicate negotiations are on-going which could see the UUP’s only MP being given special dispensation to run in the General Election without the formal endorsement of her party’s Conservative partners.

A key meeting of the UUP’s executive to finalise candidates for all 18 constituences, which had been expected today, has now been delayed until next week.

And the outcome of a joint UUP/Conservative committee meeting, which is also expected to deal with potential unionists pacts in South Belfast and Fermanagh/ South Tyrone, is also awaited.

But a senior UUP source said: “If this is going to work Sylvia is going to have to give assurances that if push came to shove she would support Cameron — in the event of a hung Parliament, for example.”

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