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Gail Walker's remarks distort UUP message

Gail Walker's comments on the Ulster Unionist Party conference in Tuesday's edition of your paper vastly distort the message and reality of this year's conference.

If Gail had attended, she would have seen many enthusiastic UUP people - women and men, young and old, relishing the campaign for next May's Assembly election clear in the message that the UUP has the vision to deliver better government and a better future for all.

The UUP has moved ahead of the other parties by having already chosen its Assembly candidates. In the case of my constituency of Upper Bann, we had seven credible candidates, only three of whom could be successful. Whilst I am honoured to be chosen by the Upper Bann Association, I regret the departure of Harry Hamilton from the party.

Gail's personal attacks on our new leader Tom Elliott only deflect the focus away from the main issues which affect every man, woman and child in Northern Ireland. Women's Development Officer Sandra Overend continues to spearhead the Parker Programme aiming to grow and empower the next generation of Ulster Unionist women leaders.

I would like to extend an invitation to Gail to attend the next Parker Programme Policy Session which will be held in January. If her opinion of the party is the same after attending I will be surprised.



CLLR JO-ANNE DOBSON

Ulster Unionist Assembly candidate

Upper Bann

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