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UUP becoming slaves to the Conservatives

I FOUND the list of UCUNF candidates most interesting when linked to Lord Trimble's comments on the 'New Force' having no links with sectarian politics.

I found it fascinating to see how far this hotly-tipped Conservative minister has travelled from being a red-bereted member of Vanguard and an Orange-sashed dancer on the Garvaghy Road.

But much more interesting to me than his personal journey is that, having jettisoned the UUP in favour of membership of the Conservative Party, he now appears to be leading the UUP to eschew unionist unity in favour of attempting to deliver four or five Conservative members for his new masters.

More traditional unionist candidates appear to have been given the task of bearing the standard in unwinnable seats or, in the case of North Down, Johnny Andrews (from a most famous unionist family) being passed over for a recent convert from the Alliance party.

Voters have got to ask themselves the question: if any of these people get elected are they more likely to put the interests of Northern Ireland and the unionist community first, or will they slavishly follow the dictates of the Conservative Party leader?

ULIDIA

Downpatrick, Co Down

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