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Lady Hermon may attend election talks

Sole Ulster Unionist MP Lady Sylvia Hermon is set to attend a special party executive meeting — to hear plans for the general election campaign in her own North Down constituency.

The party has summoned a meeting of its executive for this Saturday at which a list of joint candidates with the Conservative Party for all 18 constituencies is due to be discussed.

Agreement on shared candidates has been delayed by almost two months in some areas and UU leader Sir Reg Empey, who met Conservative leader David Cameron last week, is determined to reach an early agreement.

Lady Hermon said last night, however, that party chairman David Campbell had failed to clarify the purpose of Saturday’s gathering and she was considering participating in person — the first major party event she will have attended for more than a year.

The North Down MP said: “I’d really like to hear what the party’s plans are for the North Down constituency in fighting the fast-approaching general election.”

Belfast Telegraph