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Tom Elliott rules out new UUP pact with the Tories

By Noel McAdam

Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott has insisted there will be no revival of an election pact with the Conservatives.

He also warned there is no room for “cliques or factions” in the party.

But the Fermanagh MLA reiterated his intention to have an opposition in place in the Assembly by 2015.

“I envisage continued co-operation with the Conservative Party, but not an electoral pact as such. The Ulster Unionist Party will run as Ulster Unionists for any future Westminster Election,” he said.

On the prospect of going into opposition, he said: “We set out in our manifesto that we believed the best form of government to be one which is held to account by a formal and recognised opposition. We are committed to establishing the mechanisms for a formal opposition at Stormont by 2015.”

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