Four write in opposition to Tory link-up
Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey has been accused by members of his own party of looking for a “short-term fix” by linking up with the Tories.
Four party members have written a defiant letter to him opposing the party’s link-up with the Conservative Party.
Former Belfast councillor and brother of the health minister, Chris McGimpsey, commentator Roy Garland, Ards councillor Ronnie Ferguson and south Belfast member George Fleming have signed the letter which claims the UUP will become to the Tories no more than “the eccentric old maiden aunt who lives in David Cameron's house but to whom no one pays a blind bit of notice”.
The letter also accused Mr Empey of seeking a “short-term fix” to the falling fortunes of the party and said he “lacked vision”.
A UUP source hit back describing the authors of the letter as “four older men who no longer play an active role in the party”.